Support group

Support groups

We run a number of groups across the region to provide support for family members. Find out more, including forthcoming dates, in our Family Zone.

Sibling groups
Our sibling days run during the school holidays and give brothers and sisters an opportunity to meet together and have fun. The days are open to bereaved siblings, and brothers and sisters of children and young people receiving our care.

Pre-school child support group
Families and carers using any of our services with pre-school children (and accompanying siblings) under the age of five, are all welcome to join these specially organised groups. We have fun while enjoying songs, themed activities, specialist play, one-to-one music therapy and sensory stories.

Treehouse Choir/EACH Voice singing group
Open to family members and children who are cared for by EACH, bereaved parents who have received EACH’s support and staff from the hospice – an opportunity to come together and sing, with regular rehearsals and performances throughout the year.

Male and female carers groups
An opportunity to meet other parents and carers, sharing informal meetings and activities.

Bereavement support groups
Bereaved parents, carers and siblings are invited to come along and meet other families. It provides an opportunity to share stories, access resources and create keepsakes.

Grandparent bereavement support groups
Our grandparent bereavement groups are tailored to the needs of the members and include learning how to support their family and understanding grief.

Ivan and Sue's story
GrandparentsIvan and Sue have been members of The Treehouse grandparents’ bereavement support group since it began in June 2013. When their grandson Elliot died at just 15 days old, Ivan and Sue had to deal with their own grief as well as the struggles faced by their daughter Laura and son-in-law Daryn.


Ivan has macular eye disease and was forced to stop painting due to deteriorating eyesight. Support from the group has rekindled his love of the art form and is helping him cope with his grief. Ivan said: “I loved to paint watercolours but as my eye sight deteriorated I was unable to do it any more – I’d given up. The family support team suggested I try a technique using oil paints and fabric and with the help of a lit easel and magnifier I’ve been able to paint again and I really enjoy it. When I’m painting I’m thinking of Elliot and I’m doing it for him.”

Sue said: “When you’re at the grandparents’ group everyone understands what you’ve been through and you all realise you’re not alone. It’s been awful seeing the pain Laura and Daryn have been through, it’s like grieving twice. We’ve felt supported all the way through. EACH is like a comfort blanket.”

  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad

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St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS

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Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

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Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH