Working together, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice and Cruse Bereavement Care run Charlie Chimp Club, a support group for bereaved families.
The club is open to anyone living in and around Peterborough with children aged 6–11 years, following an initial assessment of their needs.
Charlie Chimp Club is a safe, caring, non-judgemental environment, where children who have lost someone close to them can explore their experiences, thoughts and feelings with others who are in a similar situation.
We facilitate a range of creative activities – including arts and crafts and playing games – that can help them to share any feelings and concerns they have about their loss.
Aims of the club:
- Enable parents or carers of children who have been bereaved to meet other parents or carers who are in a similar situation
- Provide an opportunity to support children in understanding and coping with their experiences of grief and loss
- Offer a sense of normality and reduce isolation for everyone involved, through meeting with other families who have been bereaved
- Build peer support within a group setting and encourage social support which can continue beyond the group, for both the children and their parents or carers.
About Charlie Chimp Club sessions
The sessions are hosted at Thorpe Hall Hospice, which is a safe and caring environment. The group meets in the mansion house, away from the building where care is delivered, but accessing all the hospice facilities and gardens as appropriate.
Charlie Chimp Club consists of six sessions. Ideally, children should attend all six sessions but it’s especially important that they are present for the first and last sessions, when we will do valuable introductions and goodbyes.
Support for parents and carers
We have found that children who take part in this group find it tremendously helpful in supporting them with their feelings of loss. We’re also aware that their experiences are just one part of a wider family picture. While the children are at each Charlie Chimp Club session parents and carers have their own get together.
As well as offering an informal setting for you to meet with others in a similar situation, at each session you will have the opportunity to discuss the activities your children are taking part in that week and any other issues you’re facing.
Get in touch
For more information on Charlie Chimp Club and when the next club will be running, please contact the Family Support Team at Thorpe Hall Hospice by calling 01733 225 900 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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