Dragonflies Bereavement Project

                             

Dragonflies offer families, children and young people a safe space to share their feelings and experiences, and provides creative and therapeutic activities alongside group discussion. For children aged 5-18 years, a series of peer group sessions are delivered by trained staff and volunteers across Hastings, Rother and Eastbourne areas. The project offers one to one counselling for young people aged 15 years plus, and early years support for children aged 5 years and under.
 
What can Dragonflies offer? 

  • Initial home visit and assessment
  • 8 sessions of peer support groups for children and young people aged 5 – 18 years
  • Bereavement awareness for parents and carers in 8 sessions of peer support groups
  • One to one counselling for 15 years plus
  • Signposting and support for Early Years bereavement
  • Support for families coping with pre-bereavement
  • Telephone and email support  
 
What difference has Dragonflies made?
  • Over 2100 local children and young people have been supported since 2006
  • 98% of participants said the Dragonflies activities had helped them.
  • 82% of parents had said they had seen a positive change in the child's behaviour

What families say about Dragonflies:

"My child has been more confident with other people, goes to places on his own. He understands a lot more about feelings towards bereavement."


To make a referral please complete Dragonflies Referral Form which can be found under Downloads below. 

 

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 855222 ext. 206
email: fhamilton@fsncharity.co.uk


 


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SuccessES


I have been at FSN since 2010. When I first came I knew about it because the fellowship was founded on Christian principles 80 years ago. Volunteering has changed my life. It is not only the staff who are always there to help you when you are at your lowest and feel down, but it is also a place where you can come and meet people. Volunteering for FSN has changed my life.

- FSN Volunteer

2148 children and young people aged between 5 and 18 have been supported by Dragonflies since 2006, including:
463 who have lost their father
223 who have lost their mother
186 who have lost their sibling
616 who have lost their grandparent
353 who have lost a close significant relative or friend
293 who have experienced multiple deaths in the family
14 who have experienced pre-bereavement
and of these children 139 have lost someone through suicide

- Dragonflies Bereavement Project

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

"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

"I started to volunteer with FSN in the Health and Wellbeing Hub in July 2018. In September I started a Level 3 course at FSN through another of their projects and I am also looking into doing a degree in psychology next year. Once I complete the degree I hope to start a new career path and help others and work towards removing the barriers to mental health. The course started me on this new path and changed my life!"

- Wellbeing Hubs volunteer