Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Children & Young People Mental Health Support


The death of a loved one can be devastating and bereavement affects people in different ways. There's no right or wrong way to feel, and it is very natural to feel sad when someone has died; however, you don't need to keep all your feelings to yourself; talking to others can help.

Ormiston Families

Ormiston Families Stars is a children’s bereavement support service for young people finding it difficult to cope with the loss of someone significant in their life. Stars offers specialist bereavement support and counselling to those aged 4-19 in Cambridgeshire who are may be experiencing difficulties following the loss of someone close to them, such as a friend or family member.

Ormiston Families Stars is open to referrals for any child or young person of 4-19 years of age, or up to 24 years of age in special circumstances, whose home or school is in Cambridgeshire, and who has experienced the death of a close family member or other significant person.

Once we have accepted a referral, we will arrange an initial assessment with one of our counsellors. Depending on the outcome of the assessment we may then offer one-to-one counselling. We provide up to six sessions of counselling for most cases and up to nine for more complex cases.

In addition, we provide telephone advice to families and schools supporting children and young people experiencing or facing close bereavement. 

For details on how to to make a referral for support, click here

hope again

Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Support. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.

Here you will find information about our services and ways to get in touch.

  Cruse Bereavement Support

 help people through one of the most painful times in life – with bereavement support, information and campaigning.

Their helpline is run by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by grief. They'll give you space to talk about your feelings and how you’ve been coping. Their volunteers are completely non-judgemental and won’t share what you’ve told them with anyone else, unless you are in danger.

Call free on 0808 808 1677

Calls answered: Monday: 9.30am-5pm;Tuesday: 9.30am-8pm; Wednesday: 9.30am-8pm; Thursday: 9.30am-8pm; Friday: 9.30am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10am -2pm

click here for other ways to get support from Cruse and to see what groups are running in the East of England

Child Bereavement UK helps families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. They support children and young people (up to the age of 25) when someone important to them has died or is not expected to live, and parents and the wider family when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying. They offer free, confidential bereavement support by telephone, video or instant messenger, wherever you live in the UK.

Get in touch via their Helpline on 0800 02 888 40 | or Live Chat via their website 9am-5pm weekdays.  

             Winston's Wish                                                  

Winstons Wish is a charity specialising in helping young people and children cope with the bereavement of a parent or sibling. From parents to teachers, everyone and anyone who is supporting a grieving child can call our Freephone National Helpline on 08088 020 021 between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

is an online tool brought to you by Winston’s Wish, a charity supporting bereaved children and young people under 25. It aims to help young people who have experienced the death of a loved one come to terms with their loss.

We know how beneficial it can be to learn that you are not alone. That you are not the only young person going through this. That’s why we want to share the stories of young people we’ve supported, and how they have coped with their grief. You’ll also find advice and tips on coping with your grief, resources and reading lists to help you come to terms with the death of someone close to you. Click here to find out more. 

08088 020 021 Call our Helpline for support   Free, confidential 24/7 support in a crisis. Text WW to 85258


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