Children's bereavement charity seeks new home

By Barrie Hudson - 4 February 2021

Charity

A children’s bereavement charity working across Swindon and Wiltshire meeds a new home to meet growing demand.

  • Children helped by the organisation include eight-year-old Nicholas, pictured with his 'worry monster'

    Children helped by the organisation include eight-year-old Nicholas, pictured with his 'worry monster'

Wiltshire Treehouse, which has been working in Swindon since 2014, is looking for office space, storage and meeting space.

Kath Brownlee, its Bereavement Service Lead, said: “Last year we saw more requests for help than ever before. 

"All the children we meet are struggling with coming to terms with the death of someone special, such as a parent, grandparent or sibling. Many of these children have not been able to say goodbye to loved ones and have not been able to grieve as they normally would due to Covid-19 restrictions. Many feel great sadness, loneliness and confusion.”

The charity helped over 200 children last year, including children like eight-year-old Nicholas, pictured. It expects the number of children it helps to increase further this year as the long-term effects of the covid-19 pandemic emerge. 

Although staff are currently supporting families virtually, they want to ensure they have big enough premises to support as many children as possible throughout this year and beyond.

Wiltshire Treehouse has funds set aside and would be happy to share a venue with a school, community organisation, business or other charity that have un-used space. 

Ideally, the space would be in Swindon with good access to the M4, have an office space big enough for two socially distanced desks, space for storage cupboards, access to a meeting room, have evening and weekend access and parking.

Anybody who feels they are able to help is asked to contact Kath Brownlee at lead@wiltshiretreehouse.org.uk or on 07493 509750.

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