Somewhere and someone to turn to in grief
Somewhere and someone to turn to in grief

Find out more by contacting us at:

 

West Berkshire Cruse Bereavement Care

Broadway House
4-8 The Broadway

Northbrook Street
Newbury

Berkshire

RG14 1BA

 

HELPLINE NUMBER:       01635 523 573

Email: 

enquiry@crusewestberks.org

 

Or use our online

contact form

 

Map of the area covered by West Berkshire Cruse

 

We cover the following postcodes: RG7. RG8. RG14. RG17. RG18. RG19. RG20. RG31.

 

To find a branch outside of this area click here

For admin purposes only:

 

07775 871870 answer phone

 

Email: 

admin@crusewestberks.org

News

BREAKING NEWS... 

 

The 2017 ABC has now completed and we welcome our new volunteers to the branch.

 

West Berks Branch approaches 30 and has a special guest to help them celebrate! See the news and events page to find out who...! 

 

Alice's Bears raises £500 for West Berks Cruse. 

 

West Berks Cruse nominated and awarded the Community Group Award.

 

Following the NVQ training course we were delighted to welcome seven new volunteers to the branch.

 

Following the succesful year of charity partnership with Sainsbury's Newbury, West Berks branch of Cruse proudly announce that a grand total of £5000 was raised by generous customers and staff. Our appreciation goes out to everyone involved.

 

For more info on any of the news items click here

West Berkshire Cruse Bereavement Care in social networks

News and events

Awareness in Bereavement Care (Foundation Course)

 

This course qualifies you to become a Cruse Bereavement Support Volunteer and will be held over 5 Saturdays at Broadway House, Newbury, starting in January and ending in April. Applicants will be invited to an interview before the selection process can take place.

 

The cost for this course is £200.  Bursaries are available where cost would prohibit attendance and provided you wish to train to become a Bereavement Support Volunteer with West Berkshire Cruse. Please advise during your interview if you wish to apply for a bursary place.

 

Those selected to do the course and who are hoping to join the branch will be invited to an informal interview approximately one month after its completion.

 

Venue & Dates

 

Training days will be held in Broadway House, Northbrook Street, Newbury, RG14 1BA between 10am – 4pm.

 

Cruse Foundation Course

 

27 January 2018

10 February 2018

24 February 2018

 

Face to Face Elective

 

24 March 2018

7 April 2018

           

Those that have completed the above to sufficient standard, then have two further days training:

 

Induction and Further Skills and Safeguarding - dates to be confirmed.

 

Interviews

 

Interviews will also be held at Broadway House and you will be invited to attend at a mutually convenient time once your application form has been received.

Application form request: training@crusewestberks.org

 

2016 

Here at West Berkshire Cruse we were delighted that Anne Diamond joined us to celebrate the approaching 30th anniversary of the formation of our branch. Here's what Anne has to say:

 

The author― Jane Wilson-Howarth, said “The few certainties in our existences are pain, death and bereavement.”   I believe, though, that the work of Cruse Bereavement Care adds one more certainty – support!  For those many millions of us who have been bereaved we know that nobody can feel our pain – but the knowledge that others are there – wanting to help – can be a comfort.  I’m delighted to be supporting the excellent work of Cruse and their devoted volunteers.  Anne Diamond, Health Campaigner and Broadcaster

Anne with the Mayoress of Thatcham, Cllr Sheila Ellison, the Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Howard Bairstowe and a few of our branch volunteers

We welcomed 70 guests to the event which took place at Shaw House in Newbury and Anne gave us a very interesting and detailed talk entitled 'Life on the turn of a sixpence' in which she shared the story of her own bereavement through cot death amongst other things. Anne proved to be a great ambassador for our cause and we received a great amount of positive feedback from many of our guests.

We would like to thank all the individuals and organisations who joined us for coming along and for the support we have received over the years. Special thanks go to Greenham Common Trust for their continued financial support, West Berkshire Council and various local organisations who have helped us financially, as well as Camp Hopson Funerals for their massive contribution towards                                                   the refreshments at the event.

 

What a wonderful surprise to receive a letter from Alice to tell us that we were her chosen charity for donation. Alice makes beautiful personalised bears for any occassion and all profits are donated to charity. You can see Alice's work and like her on her Face Book page by following this link.

 

https://www.facebook.com/AlicesTeddyBears

 

Thank you Alice!!

2015

Community Group Awards

On Thursday 10th December 2015 we were delighted to attend an awards ceremony at West Berkshire Council. Garry Poulson, director of Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, had nominated West Berkshire Cruse for the community awards given by the council each year. It was with much pleasure that we were recognised as winners of this award jointly with Eight Bells for Mental Health, a very worthy cause who offer daily drop in sessions where many types of social activities can be enjoyed.

 

 

 

 

 

Our branch chair enjoing the celebration with one of our recently retired volunteers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Branch Chair Sally Hunt accepted the award from Council Chairman Peter Argyl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once again West Berkshire Cruse teamed up with Berkshire Carers, plus many other organisations, during Carers Week in June. Sainsburys kindly provided space to promote awareness.

 

A huge thank you to Sainsbury's for helping us to raise an amazing £5000 as their charity partner.  

Thanks to all who have contributed with donations and their time.

 

 

 

West Berkshire Cruse were nominated by Garry Poulson of the Volunteer Centre for a Queen's award for voluntary service. Three of our volunteers attended the nominee's reception at the agricultural college in Maidenhead on March 27th 2015, where certificates were presented by West Berks Lord Lieutenant James Puxley. 

 

Competion Winners! : "I found out today that we were one of the winning stores for Sainsbury’s Christmas in the Community competition. We won for all of the activity that took place in store including your volunteers here for your Christmas fundraising day, the Carol singing and bag packing weekends and the Newbury Weekly News Parcel Appeal... I am absolutely thrilled we won! The prize is a £500 cheque for Cruse." Carol Irwin (Sainsbury's, Newbury)

 

 

Sainsbury's and Cruse are helping to plant trees as part of the Woodland Trust's Centenary Woods project which aims to commemorate the First World War

Sing for Charity event at Sainsbury's - £79 was collected in the two hour slot during which the choir 'Singing for Fun' sang to raise money for their nominated charity, West Berks Cruse.  Many thanks to all!!

 

On Saturday 6th December Cruse volunteers spent the day in Sainsbury's helping with bag packing and being on hand to chat! This was one of the three days committed to being in store during the year of being Sainsbury's Newbury charity partner - another £366 was raised - many thanks to all!  Please visit our gallery for more images from the day.

 

 

 

Fabulous Fiendish Staff at Sainsbury's continue to support Cruse as their Charity Partner and raise an amazing £540.30 from their Halloween fundraising day.  Thanks to all contributors! 

 

A well supported day at Sainsbury's raises £190.86 for West Berkshire Cruse Bereavement Care - a massive thanks to the staff and volunteers who were there to promote the services of our branch and increase our awareness to the local community.  Many thanks to all contributions received.

More volunteers needed!!!


The recent recruitment campaign has boosted our numbers, but we are always looking to welcome more volunteers. Come and visit us during one of our events or drop us a line and find out how you can make a difference in any of the following ways:

 

  • Fundraising
  • Administration
  • Publicity
  • Networking
  • Support work
  • Committees
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