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.
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.
VoicesAloud at The Treehouse
VoicesAloud is an opportunity for individuals to meet together through music and song. Sessions are run by our Music Therapist at The Treehouse and are open to all current service users (including children, parents, siblings and grandparents). The sessions will include singing, writing songs and social time.
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.
Colour Tangle (The Treehouse) and Zentangle (Milton)
Monthly creative art groups run by EACH’s Art Therapists Sandra Smith and Carole Simpson. They are based in the community in inspirational surroundings and support EACH parents and carers to try creative arts in self expression.
Ivan and Sue's story
Ivan 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.”