Jigsaw South East provides vital support to 600 children and young people every year who have experienced the death of a significant family member or who have a family member with a life-limiting condition, working throughout Surrey and nearby parts of Sussex and Kent.
Our service is delivered by a team of experienced Support Workers, helping and includes a helpline providing immediate advice and resources; online information sessions for parents and professionals; opportunities for families to come together; activity days and expert work with schools and other services.
We help children and young people understand and deal with the range of emotions they feel as they cope with or face the death of someone they love. We support their mental health, assure them what they are feeling is normal, help to build confidence and resilience and manage better at school. We give parents the skills and understanding to support their child whilst dealing with their own grief and help to rebuild and strengthen family relationships. Our vision is that children and young people will not be alone in their bereavement journey.
We have over ten years’ experience of delivering specialist bereavement services to children and young people and are constantly seeking ways to develop our service and extend our reach.
Current services include our Helpline offering immediate support, guidance, support advice, and information, resources and signposting to parents/carers/professionals.
Families referred to Jigsaw South East are provided with a dedicated Support Worker and access to our suite of services including; 1:1 support where needed, access to our Family Bereavement Groups Programme for different age ranges helping children/young people to understand what is happening in an age-appropriate way, and activity days and social events bringing bereaved families together and the opportunity to mix with others who have a shared experience.
We provide regular online Information Sessions for parents/carers and professionals and work closely with a child’s school and other professionals to enable them to provide support a bereaved child.