BBS News

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September 2019


Bradford Bereavement Support is pleased to announce the next date for its highly successful Support Group Service.


The Group is scheduled to start on 19/9/19 and will be held in Bradford City Centre.


For more information about this service please view the Support Group page of the website and give us a call on 01274 619522

August 2019


Bradford Bereavement Support


Is seeking a


Group Supervisor






  • Supervisor recognised by BACP / other awarding body
  • Understanding of bereavement and loss issues
  • Experience of Group Supervision
  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Able to work as a member of a team
  • Flexibility to meet the needs of trainee volunteer counsellors


About BBS


Bradford Bereavement has a range of fully qualified volunteer counsellors and also recruits diploma level counsellors from universities and colleges in West Yorkshire. On average we have around 45 volunteer counsellors


We are seeking a Group Supervisor for our counsellors to start in August.  We currently have three Group Supervisors who work with us on a self- employed basis.


The Group Supervisor would facilitate and manage the group supervision sessions with our  volunteer counsellors. The group supervision sessions are 2 hours long and there are no more than six counsellors in these groups.  We hold group supervision sessions in the evening and during the day on a monthly basis. We are looking for a Group Supervisor to take 2 groups so that would be four hours a month. The fee for carrying out the group supervision sessions is £40.00 per hour.



If you are interested, please request an application pack on 01274 619522 or or contact Laverne Anderson for more information about the role.



Bradford Bereavement Support would like to congratulate all the members of our support group and their facilitator for all their hard work in making their group such a success.


We wish them well in their continued support of each other.


For more details about how to access this service please see the Bereavement Support Groups section of the website

Bradford Bereavement Support is pleased to announce the launch of our new Bereavement Support Group Service


The initial groups will be held on a Thursday afternoon in Bradford City Centre and also on a Saturday afternoon at Albion Mills Greengates.


The new service, which is funded by the Morrisons Foundation compliments our existing support options and provides people with extra choice


Please see the Bereavement Support Groups section of the website for more information.


Contact us on 01274 619522 to register your interest in this service


Taking a minute to reach out to someone in your community – a family member, friend, colleague or even a stranger – could change the course of another’s life.

Take a Minute Leaflet
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Advertisement for temporary administrator for Bradford Bereavement Support


We are looking to recruit an experienced administrator on a temporary basis to cover the hours of Monday and Friday 9.30 – 2.00pm with a view to the commence as soon as possible


See below for details of the role, application & monitoring forms.

Service Administrator Job Description
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Service Administrator Person Spec
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Service Administrator Application Form
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Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
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If you would like to be considered for the Administrator role please return completed applications to to arrive by 13 June 2018.

Bradford Bereavement Support Groups.

What we are doing

We are embarking on establishing several bereavement support groups across Bradford. The purpose of the bereavement support groups will be to help identify healthy, effective coping techniques for bereavement; to develop skills helpful in mitigating feelings of angst, fear, pain, and loss. The groups will also provide a great support network to members with similar experiences with whom they can share in an open and safe space. For some people, this may be their only support network. The groups will allow people to be where they are and validate and normalise what they’re feeling. It’s a place for acceptance, not only from the group facilitator, but from the other group members.

The bereavement support groups will not be a therapy group.  The focus of the group will be on “restoration oriented” coping, offering bereaved people the following:

• Distraction from grief

• Focus on new roles/identity/relationships

• Efforts to adapt to changes in life circumstance

How we will work

The Bereavement Support Group will have a maximum of 8 members and the groups will be facilitated by a Lead Group Facilitator and Group Assistant. The Lead Group Facilitator will manage the group sessions with support from a Group Asssistant. The Lead Group Facilitator will have a contract to deliver 36 sessions (3 groups) in 12 months. They will be paid £20.00 an hour, with sessions lasting up to 2 hrs. The Group Assistant will be contracted to deliver a minimum of 36 sessions (3 Groups) in 12 months and they will be paid £10.00 per hour.

The Group will run for 12 sessions and be held once a week with daytime or evening groups available. Each session will have a theme as well as opportunities for people to check in “On how they are’’.  By introducing people to others who are going through a similar experience, the support group will offer ways in which to “normalise” the grief experience. The groups will offer participants opportunities to learn new roles, new ways of problem-solving or coping with situations by hearing about and discussing these with the group facilitator, and from sharing in the experiences of other members.

Experience has shown that people who are grieving are often helped by the opportunity to reach out and help others.  Participation in a group not only offers members the chance to be helped, but also to help others. They will provide people with a place in which to tell their story and talk about their loved one. It allows a safe place in which to not only express emotion, but to “try out” new ideas or new ways of behaving. The Groups may of course, provide participants with a way in which to develop new friendships by bonding with some of those who are also in the group. They will also provide people with a chance to laugh, learning that not all grieving needs to be sad and painful

Where and When

The groups will be located at Keighley, Idle and Bradford Town centre. A combination of evening and daytime.

For more information see below

Lead Facilitator - Job Description
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Assistant Facilitator - Job Description
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Please complete and return both Application & Equal Opportunities forms by 1:00pm on 1/6/18


These can be returned via email to


Interviews for these posts will commence in June 2018



Application Form
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Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
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Practical Bereavement Support


Bradford Bereavement Support is piloting a brand new service that will be available from April 2018. The new service will provide clients with a range of practical help other than counselling that have been identified has missing from the services currently offered.

BCB Radio Today - 30/1/18 12 till 1pm



Bereavement Support Volunteers - Could You Help Bereaved People?


Please see the Working with BBS section of the website



You are warmly invited to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Bradford Bereavement Support which will be held at 18:30 on Thursday 9th November 2017.


 Small Conference Room 1st Floor, Albion Mills, Albion Road, Greengates, BD10 9TQ

Death Cafe - World Peace Cafe Keighley -Wednesday 22/11/17

BBS  Donation to St.Gemma's Hospice

A big thank you to everyone that contributed to our collection in memory of our colleague Gerard Walsh. 

£50 was donated to St.Gemma's Hospice to help in their work caring for local people with incurable illnesses - Thank You


We're pleased to announce that BBS are now recruiting for volunteer counsellors and we invite any interested individuals to submit an application.


BBS is currently offering around 40 hours of free high quality CPD a year to its counsellors, in addition to the many other benefits of volunteering for the organisation.


Please note that we currently only accept fully qualified counsellors or current diploma level students.


Candidates must also be available to complete our Bereavement, Grief & Loss Course which will take place over four days (28th & 29/10/17 and 4th & 5th/11/17 at Albion Mills).


Application forms available below

Counsellor Application Form 2018
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Sad News - 3/5/17

It’s with sad regret that we have to inform you that Gerard Walsh passed away on Sunday 30/4/17.


Gerard had over twenty five years of counselling experience and spent twelve years with BBS as a Group Supervisor and delivering our Grief & Loss Course.


His wisdom and guidance helped to shape BBS.


Gerards funeral will take place at 12:00 noon on Friday the 12/5/17 at Lawnswood Cemetery, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 6AH


We are looking to send a BBS floral tribute and invite anyone wishing to contribute to do so by contacting us directly

at the office.

BBS is hoping to hold 6 Death Cafes during 2017. These will be at various locations around the Bradford District and aim 'to  increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. You can expect a cup of Tea or Coffee, some cake and a chance to chat and discuss any aspect of Death & Dying. Don't feel any pressure, just come along, meet some new friends and have a chat.

Death Cafe....Keighley

Death Cafe....Bingley

Death Cafe....Idle

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