Published On: 19th February 2024

The Access Foundation Supports Grieving Young People

Every day 127 children and young people are bereaved of a parent, to help those struggling with the profound effects of grief, the Access Foundation has awarded a £5,000 grant to Winston’s Wish; a charity which focuses on helping children and young adults (up to the age of 25) find their feet when their worlds are turned upside down.

Sadly, 1 in 29 children and young people aged 5-16 have experienced the death of a parent or sibling – that’s at least one in every classroom.

In 2022/23, Winston’s Wish supported more than 60,000 of these individuals. The charity provides on demand bereavement support and counselling, to help young people understand and process their grief to help reduce impact on their long term mental and physical health.

The donation will fund the distribution of specialist resources for bereaved children, young people, and their families. For example, resources such as memory boxes, memory jars, specialist bereavement support publications and activity books.

These resources will help parents, carers, and professionals support grieving children and young people, whilst also creating a way to encourage them to express their feelings and maintain their memories of the person they have lost.

Two of the children supported by the charity explained their personal experiences:

Freya said:

“Winston’s Wish have a book called ‘Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine.’ This book helped not only me, but my mum, my teachers, and my counsellor process my grief. The best way I can describe this book is ‘fun therapy.’ I wasn’t a big fan of talking about my feelings. However, cooking biscuits made talking about my feelings a lot easier. I still remember making the ‘feelings volcano’ at school, the friendship bracelets with my counsellor and a memory box with my mum.”

Hebe revealed:

“The day after my dad died, my mum spoke to the Winston’s Wish Helpline who sent out lots of booklets. My mum used these resources to help to explain to me about my dad’s death and I found the booklets really helpful, and I still have them today.”