Winston’s Wish

Winston’s Wish is a charity that helps children, teenagers, and young adults (up to the age of 25) find their feet when their worlds are turned upside down by grief.

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What can they do for you?

Through information, on-demand services, bereavement support and counselling, we support young people across the UK to understand their feelings, process their grief and find ways to move forward with hope for a brighter future. We also help the adults who are caring for young grieving people, including parents, school staff and healthcare professionals.

How do they do it?

Losing someone important to you is one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to go through. Whether it’s a parent, sibling, friend, teacher or someone you admired from afar, suddenly not having them in your life can feel scary and upsetting.

It can be hard to know what to do next. What do you do with all these feelings? What if you don’t feel anything at all?

Winston’s Wish is there to let you know that whatever it is you’re feeling (or not feeling) right now, it’s valid, and it’s okay.

There’s no right or wrong way to grieve. And there’s no set formula to ‘get over’ it. In fact, grief isn’t something you can simply get over. Instead, we can learn to live with our grief and build a life around our bereavement.

Whilst right now it may feel completely awful, there will come a time when it doesn’t feel totally horrendous. You can look forward to life, and you can laugh and smile again. Moving forward with your grief doesn’t mean you love the person who has died any less.

At Winston’s Wish, they are there to help. The range of support services aims to help you make sense of your grief, express your feelings and find ways to cope to move forward.

All of their support is available online, so no matter where you live, you can still get the help you need.

Anyone can reach out to them directly using our on-demand services, including live chat, helpline, email and text support.

They also offer one-to-one sessions with bereavement support workers and counsellors, however, these can only be accessed by making a referral.

Anyone aged 13 or over can refer themselves. If you’re 12 or under, please speak with a trusted adult (parent, guardian, teacher, etc) and let them know you’re interested in referring to Winston’s Wish. There’s more information about referrals here. Make a referral to Winston’s Wish | Winston’s Wish (winstonswish.org)

What benefits could you experience?

Support offered through our helpline, live chat, email and text can be accessed by anyone and is available on-demand, with no referral needed. For the majority of young people and the adults supporting them, that is all that’s needed to be able to confidently move forward.

Where do they operate?

Across PCN area

How to contact them or get there

Freephone National Helpline on 08088 020 021 (Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm). You can also email ask@winstonswish.org

or visit https://www.winstonswish.org

Support Information for carers

Bridgit is an online tool that allows people to explore free wellbeing, employment, finance and care advice and events, local and national support services, and training opportunities. People can also build their own ‘self-care plan’. It’s all available any time of day and without registering first.

Follow this link to access bridgit, Online Support (bridgit.care)

People who prefer not to or cannot go online can call Carer Support Dorset on 0800 368 8349 to discover the free support and help available.

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Carer Support Dorset can help you find the support you need for your caring role.

Freephone number for Carers 0800 368 8349

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