we are recruiting: volunteer bereavement supporters

by Katherine Mathers
February 6, 2024

We are excited to announce that we are looking to recruit volunteer Bereavement Supporters to join our dedicated Specialist Team at space2grieve.

We are a local bereavement support service, offering free, confidential one-to-one support to anyone living in the Richmond borough.

space2grieve is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, enabling everyone to make a difference through volunteering and voluntary sector organisations.

what we are looking for

essential requirements for Bereavement Support Specialists

  • experience of working in a person-centred environment
  • experience of using active listening skills
  • awareness of own personal issues around death
  • ability to manage sensitively and with compassion the needs of the client, remaining professional at all times
  • ability to be self-reflective, autonomous and to practice self-care
  • awareness and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and the implications for supporting bereaved clients
  • available for a minimum of 2 client hours per week with the monthly addition of 2 supervision hours
  • commitment to attend the full training programme, induction and additional CPD

If you would like to make a difference to the lives of people in their grief, we would welcome your application. You can download the full job specification here.


A full programme of training will be provided, which will include a mix of both theory and practice, allowing plenty of opportunity for skills development, particularly in active listening.

There will be pre-course reading and preparation prior to training. Training will take place at the ETNA Community Centre in Twickenham on the following dates and it is a course requirement that you attend all sessions, induction and complete a safeguarding module.

  • Welcome Evening Thursday 2 May 7pm – 9pm
  • Session 1 Thursday 9 May 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
  • Session 2 Thursday 23 May 9.30am – 4.30 pm
  • Session 3 Thursday 6 June 9.30am – 4.30 pm
  • Session 4 Thursday 20 June 9.30am – 4.30 pm

The cost of the full training is £300 which is payable ahead of the course. We do recognise that there are circumstances where the cost of training may be prohibitive. Please do inform us at the interview stage.


Please register your interest to recruitment@space2grieve.org.uk. You will then be required to complete and return an application form by Friday 5 April. References will be required.

Interviews will be held on Friday 12 and Friday 19 April 2024.

NB. As we are a small new charity, we are unable to consider students wishing to volunteer as part of a counselling course.

if you’ve been bereaved, no matter when, no matter how, space2grieve can support you.
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0751 937 6363

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