We are delighted to announce we have received funding through The National Lottery to offer a grief & bereavement workshop, support to churches wanting to respond creatively in this area, and to help set up local Linking Lives befriending projects!

This work will initially be until the end of December 2020 but we are hoping to find funding to continue..

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Bereavement

Each of us has experienced some level of loss or bereavement in our lives. For some, through the awful loss of someone close to them, for others, changes in our lives that are often out of our control can lead to a feeling of loss or bereavement. We each respond differently and go through stages as we process this change and loss and it can be hard to know how we will react until we find ourselves in such a situation.

Having talked to a number of project and church leaders, one of the themes that has come up time and time again is around the subject of grief and bereavement. Although there is a lot of support out there at a national level, and locally in some areas, people are often unsure what help is available and where.

One of the aims of TNT is to support and encourage churches as they engage with their communities and so we want to be able to help individuals to feel better equipped in this area. Our hope is that at the point of need, individuals in churches across the county will be able to signpost and support those they know who have experienced profound loss.

Grief and Loss Workshops

This workshop is an opportunity to understand more about Grief and Loss and its impact, particularly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. There will be time to share, discuss and look at ideas for ways that you could support those in your community helping them to remember those who have died and opportunities they have lost, with more love than pain and to live fully in the face of that loss.

You can book your place on the Grief and Loss Workshop here. Or, to find out more, please contact Julia Terry

Linking Lives befriending

Over half of all people aged 75 and over live alone in our country, and 10% of the general population aged over 65 in the UK are lonely all or most of the time.

We are proud to be part of a national network of projects through Linking Lives UK.

Linking Lives UK exists to reduce social isolation and loneliness, with a particular focus on older people. This is achieved by working in partnership with churches and Christian organisations to set up befriending projects.

Here at Transforming Notts Together, we aim to facilitate churches and community groups to set up local befriending projects in order to combat loneliness across our county. The current coronavirus crisis has made it difficult to do this through home visiting so we offer support to establish telephone befriending through the ‘Two’s Company’ model.

Two’s Company can be set up quickly, easily and safely. Each project requires a coordinator, a freephone telephone number and volunteers. Training is provided for coordinators via a video conference call and then spread out to volunteers locally.

If you are interested in setting up a Two’s Company befriending service from your organisation, please contact Paul Street for more information.

We are really excited about this work and are keen to hear from anyone who is interested in finding out more, letting us know what they are already doing in this area or who would like to partner with us- please do get in touch!

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