Calls are at standard landline rates.
Our volunteers are a mix of ages, backgrounds and cultures but the one thing they have in common is their commitment to helping bereaved people. Cruse Bedfordshire is a friendly and supportive organisation and many of our volunteers have been with us for a long time.
Bereavement Support Volunteers
In order to become a Bereavement Support Volunteer you will need to successfully complete our Awareness in Bereavement Course and pass a post course interview. This course is run by Cruse for 5 days which are spread out over a period of 2-3 months. You will also need to undertake some private study including reading.
We know this can be challenging work so you will be well supported by us from the start. All Bereavement Support Volunteers have group supervision and an allocated supervisor to offer support and guidnance The hours you volunteer are flexible so can fit around other committments.
Cruse is an organisational member of the British Association of Counselling & Phsycotherapy (BACP) and works within the BACP Ethical Framework. We are happy to consider applications from counselling students looking for placements and bereavement support work with Cruse clients can usually be recorded towards the total hours required for Diploma courses and for BACP accreditation but please check with you training provider.
For more information on volunteering opportunities please contact the area office on 0300 200 4109 or email
Not all our volunteers are bereavement supporters....
Not all our volunteers are bereavement supporters and there are often opportunities to volunteer on the help line and in the administration office. We are always interested to hear from people who may be interested in joining our Area Management Committee and may have specific skills such as finance, business or income generation.
I have worked on the helpline for several months now and love the work. In just a few hours a week I feel like I make a huge difference to the people that call". Helpline Volunteer
If you only want to help on a short term basis then why not consider fundraising for us? See more information here