Paul Rowlands is the Complex Bereavement Service Team Lead at Norfolk and Waveney Mind. With a new bereavement café for those bereaved by suicide starting by the end of the month at the Community Wellbeing Hub in Aylsham, he explains how it will offer a safe environment for people to share their grief journey.
At the end of this month, the Complex Bereavement Service from Norfolk and Waveney Mind will be hosting their first monthly bereavement café aimed specifically for those who have been bereaved by suicide. The café will run at the Norfolk and Waveney Mind’s new REST Community Wellbeing Hub in Aylsham and is open to anyone who has been bereaved by suicide to come along and meet others who have also been bereaved in the same way, to connect with and share their experiences.
REST, which stands for Recover, Eat, Support, and Talk, opened on Red Lion Street earlier this year, and the hub brings together mental health support, local services and a place where everyone can feel welcome. REST Aylsham joins the charity’s growing portfolio of community hubs, following the opening of REST Norwich and REST Thetford.
Paul Rowlands, CBS Team Lead says: ‘We know from our support groups how important it is to be able to connect with others who may have been really isolated and dealing with their grief, sometimes on their own, away from family, friends and society. The café will offer a friendly, safe environment where people can share their stories and their grief journeys.’
A member of the CBS team will also be on hand to answer any queries about the bereavement services on offer at Norfolk and Waveney Mind or to signpost to other areas of support. There’s no need to book, just turn up.
The Complex Bereavement Service from Norfolk and Waveney Mind will be hosting their first monthly bereavement café aimed specifically for those who have been bereaved by suicide on Thursday September 29, from 11:30am–12:30pm, at the new REST Community Wellbeing Hub on Red Lion Street in Aylsham. The CBS team will also be offering 1:1 sessions with a liaison worker from 1–4pm. To book an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that these sessions are only available to those who have not already received 1:1 support from CBS.