A WIGAN-based charity is desperate for volunteers to allow it to cope with demands for its services.
The Me 2 You bereavement and loss charity needs volunteers in all areas as they seek to help youngsters who have suffered from the death of somebody close to them.
The Hindley-based organisation offer a range of services to users including one-to-one counselling, residential weekend camps and group workshops.
Me 2 You was set up by a group of volunteers in 2009 to address the need to offer more intensive and longer-term support for children and young people affected by bereavement and loss issues.
However, the charity, which relies entirely on donations, is receiving so many referrals from local services and individuals that it is in urgent need of volunteers to continue to meet demands. Volunteers are needed in all areas, including, fund-raising, clinical volunteers, training, administration, counsellors as well as volunteers for weekly group sessions and weekend residential camps.
Charity manager Kelly Willison said: “We have around 25 volunteers and we value each and every one of them. Without volunteers it would be impossible to run this much needed service.
“We offer fantastic training and on completion and a successful CRB background check volunteers who wish to carry out bereavement support would be able to go on to do group work and grief camps.
“They have to have the right qualities but it isn’t about being professionally qualified. We often get people who say they don’t think they have the right skills – but being a good listener and communicator is really the key.
“As adults, we can find it difficult to come to terms with losing a loved one. Just imagine the impact a death can have on a child, probably experiencing the loss of someone extremely close for the very first time.
“Our goal is to support local young people who are struggling to cope with their loss and to enable the entire family to re-build their lives and move on.
“We need enthusiastic and motivated individuals who are friendly, approachable, kind and considerate. And it doesn’t matter how much or how little time anyone can offer; every second of a volunteer’s time is precious to our families.”
If you are interested in volunteering or want to find out more contact Kelly or Diane on 01942 522234 or visit www.me2youbereavement.org.uk