West London Sands is one of the regional groups whose volunteers provide a befriending and group support service to families in this area. We are also involved in fundraising.
There are currently 6 committee members. The committee meets bi-monthly when we plan the use of funds and co-ordinate support meetings and befriender training.
We work actively with the following hospitals to improve bereavement services, for example providing memory boxes, helping to furnish bereavement suites and helping with staff bereavement training:
Chelsea and Westminster; West Middlesex; Queen Charlotte’s and St. Mary’s Paddington; Hillingdon; Northwick Park; The Portland
We have volunteer Befrienders who can offer one-to-one support by phone or email. Befrienders are not counsellors but are themselves bereaved parents who have been trained to offer support to others – this may be one phone call or it may be contact over a period of time, depending on what is wanted. If you would like to speak with someone, please contact us either by phone – 07710010026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you.
Group Support Meetings:
The evening support meetings are usually on the 4th Thursday of each month, 8 – 10pm; the daytime meetings usually on the 2nd Friday, 11am – 1pm.
The meetings are an opportunity to meet other parents, in a supportive setting, who have experienced the loss of a baby. For details of all meetings, please click on ‘Support Meetings & Events’. Babies and small children are welcome at the daytime meetings.