Male Therapist
"I have had some very low points over the last two years. Counselling has helped me to understand my grief and move to a point where life is getting better."

ABOUT US

 

Kingston Bereavement Service is a friendly, local charity established in 1988. We support children, young people, adults and families who have been bereaved and are trying to come to terms with the impact that the death of someone close is having on their lives.

We have an adult service and a specialist children and young person's service called the Saying Goodbye Project. Our counselling is provided by a team of around 30 volunteers who have undertaken our compulsory, specialist training programme in bereavement counselling. We also provide bereavement awareness training to other organisations and professionals, including schools, voluntary groups, health and social care agencies, care homes, hospitals and local employers. 

KBS is a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation, charity number 1160983. We are also a Registered Provider (No. 8AE75) to GPs within Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group and an organisational member of Children England, the Childhood Bereavement Network and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, whose code of ethics we adhere to.

 

All volunteer counsellors have DBS clearance and undertake adult or children and young people's safeguarding training. We have safeguarding policies and procedures in place, which are reviewed every year.

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OUR OBJECTIVES

 

  • To help people who live, work, study or are registered with a GP in Kingston upon Thames who have been bereaved, to ensure that their experience does not prevent them from fulfilling their potential. Enabling them to heal through resolution and acceptance in order to rebuild a healthy life, re-engaging with family and community.

  • Reach everyone in the community who needs us: children, young people, adults, families, those who are disadvantaged, have complex needs or are socially isolated. We provide specialist bereavement support to those experiencing sustained emotional and psychological distress as a result of bereavement and to those with additional support needs.

  • Promote understanding of bereavement in the community so that other professionals who care for individuals may be better equipped to support them when they have lost a loved one. We do this through training and outreach services delivered to other agencies, employers and schools. This increases understanding of the bereavement process and raises awareness of the services available when more support is needed.

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OUR YEAR IN NUMBERS 2020-21

64

referrals

SAYING GOODBYE PROJECT

70

one-to-one
telephone support sessions for
parents

10
organisations accessed bereavement consultancy

33 

assessments

120 

CYP professionals accessed our training support services

ADULT SERVICE

296

referrals

849 

counselling

hours

143 assessments

83

clients

finished

therapy

36

CPD hours

provided

to our

counsellors

John Ng

Interim Service Director

John graduated from Roehampton University with a Masters in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. He has a background working in The Arts, with Animals and the Outdoors.

Helen Shah

Service Administrator

Helen has had a varied career including working for 3 years in Madrid as a Nursery Nurse.  For the last 23 years she has worked in the Charity and Higher Education Sectors.  She enjoys baking and spending time with her family and cat! 

Sione Marshall

Clinical Trustee

Sione trained as a clinical psychologist and has since worked across NHS, third sector and independent sectors. She is especially interested in developing psychologically informed environments and approaches within services and organisations so that the people they serve can realise positive change in their lives.

Joshua Rozells

Trustee

Joshua is an Australian Chartered accountant with over 20 years experience in providing assurance, restructuring and corporate finance experience to clients primarily in the Financial Services sector and now works in asset management operations. He is committed to assisting KBS with governance and financial expertise to help build a strong financial position to ensure such that it can continue to provide its important service to the Kingston and surrounding community in the long term. Joshua is a Merton resident and married with 2 children.

Samantha Burch

Adult Service Support Worker

Sam has a wealth of experience in the charity and private sector and has been at KBS for a wonderful 9 years in various roles.

Sam's friendly and sympathetic manner has made a difference to many bereaved members of our community.

John Farmer

Treasurer

With a background in chemistry but a flair for numbers, John has been Treasurer at KBS for many years and we don't know what we would do without him!