Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Submitted by: NLP Financial Management Ltd

Description

THE GOOD GRIEF TRUST has devised a new innovative strategy to reach every person who is bereaved in ALL LOCAL COMMUNITIES across the UK. We are run by the bereaved for the bereaved to help those who are grieving know they are not alone. At the click of a button our new website offers a NATIONAL CENTRAL DATABASE OF SUPPORT to bring all bereavement services together UNDER ONE UMBRELLA, for both those who are grieving, and the professionals working to support them.

In tandem with the website, we will launch a groundbreaking new national initiative to provide a GOOD GRIEF CONDOLENCE AND 'GIFT CARD' to every person bereaved in Great Britain, via every front-line organisation across the country.

We know from experience and research that those who lose someone close may suffer severe MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH issues;

Recent Study; 28% of 20-24yr olds WHO COMMIT SUICIDE HAVE EXPERIENCED A BEREAVEMENT

1 High levels of anxiety, PTSD and flashbacks are all common affects of grief
2)Bereaved are often left isolated and feel alone
3) Standards in the provision of immediate bereavement support information vary enormously across the country.
4) Currently it is a postcode lottery as to the quality and choice offered.

Prince Harry describes how grief affected his mental health, with feelings of "aggression" was "close to a complete breakdown" and in "total chaos", whilst still struggling over the 20 years since his mother's death.

Julia Samuel, respected psychotherapist working with the bereaved for 25yrs and author of 'Grief Works' says;

"IT ISN'T THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE DEATH THAT WILL PREDICT A POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE OUTCOME, IT IS THE SUPPORT THEY GET AT THE TIME AND AFTER THE DEATH. THIS IS THE KEY COMPONENT TO ANYBODY FINDING A WAY TO REBUILD THEIR LIFE."

GOOD GRIEF CARD will direct people to our website, to access early targeted support wherever they live. Our personal video library features stories from the bereaved, as we know listening to others who have been through a similar loss can help to normalise grief. We offer WELL-BEING advice, and focus on HEALTH and EXERCISE to finding a way forward with your life.

PROBLEM
1) Costly and difficult to keep hard copies of bereavement packs, with phone numbers etc up to date.
2) Often the bereaved are not signposted to targeted support for their particular loss.
3) They may be unaware of the help available and how to access it.

SOLUTION
1) Handy, discreet cards, in the style of a plastic store gift card
2) Enable professionals to direct the bereaved to our NATIONAL WEBSITE quickly
3) Ensure that no-one falls through the net
4) Every person who needs help, whether it is a phone line, support group, one to one, or simply someone local to have a cup of tea with, will find THE BEST POSSIBLE OPTIONS IN THEIR AREA.

Our GOOD GRIEF CARD can be kept in a purse or wallet for when the time feels right to visit our website. The bereaved are often overwhelmed by the amount of information they are given. This SIMPLE PROCESS WILL HELP TO FIND SUPPORT as soon as possible, offering a VIRTUAL HAND OF FRIENDSHIP and optimistic branding, to find COMFORT and a little light at the end of a dark tunnel.

A PILOT is set up to trial our GOOD GRIEF CARDS in 7 Hospitals Trusts and 5 Coroner’s Hubs across Greater Manchester with our Patron Fiona Murphy MBE. Fiona was the lead nurse working with all the victims' families after the Manchester Arena terror attacks and her team provide a gold standard of bereavement care. In this region alone we will reach 13,000 people in the 1st year.

THIS PILOT IS JUST THE START!
With AVIVA FUNDING you can help us launch this important project NATIONWIDE

* Multiple COMMUNITY BASED PILOTS across the country
* Via all GP's, hospitals, hospices, police, funeral directors, registrars, care homes & clergy
* Estimated cost; £500-£1000 per COMMUNITY PROJECT
* With full funding of £25,000 - reach min 75,000 people

The Good Grief Trust

Location: United Kingdom

To bring the bereaved together under our umbrella, so they know they are not alone will be a huge achievement. At The Good Grief Trust we have all lost someone we love and understand how devastating grief can be. We're proud to offer help and hope in one place wherever you live. #strongertogether
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