Dragonflies Bereavement Project


​Dragonflies offers children and young people a safe space to share their feelings and experiences, and provides creative and therapeutic activities alongside group discussion. A series of peer group sessions are delivered by trained staff and volunteers across Hastings and Rother.


  • Supporting local children and young people aged 5 – 18 years experiencing bereavement

  • Supporting families coping with pre- bereavement

  • Raising awareness of the effects of childhood bereavement

What Dragonflies offer:

  • Initial Home Visit

  • 8 weekly Group Sessions    

  • Family Support                    

  • Telephone/email support  

  • Parent training                  

  • Family Events

  • Pre-Bereavement Home Activities  

What difference has Dragonflies made:

  • Over 2070 local children and young people supported since 2006

  • Children and young people reported they feel more confident to talk about their loss

  • Children were more able to support others experiencing similar circumstances through sharing their own stories

 ​What families say about Dragonflies:

  • Families reported feeling more inclusive and less isolated

  • Families became more confident to talk about bereavement

  • Families were more able to support each other through grief

To make a referral please complete Dragonflies Referral Form link


If you would like to join Dragonflies Lottery with a chance to win a monthly prize
see link Dragonflies Lottery

For more information please contact Francesca tel: 01424 423683 ext. 35
email: fhamilton@fsncharity.co.uk




Everyone was kind and never judged everyone"
"Sometimes I find it hard to control my feelings, actions, but I understand this now"
"It was fun and creative"
"I have got more friends now since starting the group"
"I learned that you should share your feelings

- My Time Too children's comments

Volunteering at the Health and Wellbeing drop ins I have supported attendees with engaging into activities, not only at FSN but in the local community. It’s great to have access to all the activities and information not only for our service users but also for myself. I really enjoy supporting the community and being part of the hub team!
“I have come along and attended various courses at FSN but also attended the computer and Health and Wellbeing drop ins. Coming here as made me in such a better place, everyone is so supportive! I feel so much more confident, I have found myself again. I love it here!

- Health and Wellbeing Hubs

Attending the course helped with isolation and I built friendship groups. Given me confidence to take the next steps in my life"
"The Family Learning courses were invaluable to my children, we have learnt skills, bonded more as a family. I am very grateful to FSN!"
"I've learnt more about myself and others and more relaxed in groups. Discovered the real me! The tutor is inspirational and very caring. Being encouraged to volunteer has been an amazing and beneficial experience

- Community Learning attendees

The Community Learning courses have been a valuable resource for our clients looking to improve their mental health and wellbeing, as well as providing insight to self-management/coping strategies to build resilience. Our clients have reported they have found them interesting, informative and easy to engage with due to the welcoming and supportive staff and informal setting

- Community Connectors, Southdown

It was really nice to meet other families In our group, in the same situation as us, "I was terrified to start with but it was an extremely fun day"
My little girl has really benefitted from being with other young people in similar situations. She knows she is not alone and it's ok to be sad and angry. She talks about Nanna now a lot more"
"Dragonflies has made an invaluable difference to my son, I think he was in a dark place and Dragonflies has let the light shine for him again

- Dragonflies parent/carer comments