Author: Greater Charitable Foundation

Support for bereaved children across the Hunter

Greater Charitable Foundation has committed $40,000 to support the needs of grieving children by partnering with the National Centre for Childhood Grief (NCCG) to deliver a free workshop to school counsellors across the Hunter.

Designed to increase awareness around the needs of bereaved children, the NCCG’s intensive workshop on ‘Children’s Grief’ will be held on Thursday, 7th March 2019 at the University of Newcastle’s New Space campus in Hunter Street and aims to reach Hunter-based school counsellors who  are seeking the skills and knowledge to better support grieving children, young people and the broader school community.

Greater Charitable Foundation will partner with NCCG over the next 12 months to deliver this workshop as well as support the distribution of 200 ‘Grief Resource Packs’ to rural and regional primary and high schools throughout NSW.

Chief Executive Officer, Anne Long, is passionate about this cause and is proud to assist the NCCG in delivering such an invaluable service to those who are charged with the important task of nurturing the mental wellbeing of young people.

“The NCCG is Australia’s only provider of free and unlimited specialist bereavement counselling for children and teenagers,” said Ms Long.

“Our funding will not only enable education to school counsellors across the Hunter through the interactive one-day workshop, but it will also provide information to service providers in regional NSW through the distribution of tailored resource packs containing information about grief and bereavement, counselling references, and contact information for the Centre.”

Dr Elizabeth Mann, NCCG Clinical Director, highlights the value its outreach services deliver to teachers, carers and bereaved adults who are supporting children. 

“Our services contribute greatly in providing a child with the support and resources to thrive in life despite their grief,” said Dr Mann.

“We aim to educate as many of those in contact with bereaved young people as possible to help increase their confidence and knowledge in providing age appropriate care and support for children living with grief.”

Registrations are now open for the “Children’s Grief” workshop to be held in March 2019. Places are limited so to avoid disappointment please register via email or phone 1300 654-556.