Training Courses


Bereavement Support Foundation (BSF) Course

The BSF Course has been designed specifically for Cruse volunteers, to equip them with the awareness, skills and knowledge to offer the range of services that Cruse provides.  Anyone wishing to volunteer with Cruse to work with clients must undertake this course.  We also welcome applications from professionals from other organisations who feel they may benefit from this training. 

The  course  will  take  the  form  of  three  core  Foundation  days  for  all  new Bereavement Volunteers, followed by an elective, dedicated to one of the five services:

·   face-to-face  (2  days)

·   ongoing  telephone  support  (2 days)

·   email  support  (2  days) 

·   group support  (3  days) 

·   Children & Young People (CYP) support  (4  days) 

Dates for our next course are as follows:

Saturday 5th October

Saturday 19th October

Saturday 2nd November

Saturday 9th November

Saturday 23rd November

Saturday 7th December

The course will take place at the Friends Meeting House, 79 Eastcott Hill, Swindon, SN1 3JF.  Each day will run from 9.30am until 4.30pm.  For an application pack, please called 01793 619933 or email 

Closing date for applications is Friday 2nd August.

One Day Loss and Bereavement Training

Our Loss and Bereavement Awareness workshop is designed for anyone encountering bereaved people in their professional lives. These are helpful for anyone who wants to understand the issues surrounding bereavement and how to communicate with clients and customers after someone close to them has died. These training days are interactive and informative and provide an opportunity to have your questions about this taboo subject answered. 

  • Learn how to communicate effectively and compassionately with bereaved people
  • Develop your confidence talking about difficult and sensitive topics
  • Understand bereavement and the factors affecting the grieving process
  • Learn about how different cultures view grief
  • Improve your communication and inter-personal skills
  • Ask questions and share your experiences

The next local workshop will take place in Bristol on 19th November 2019.

Cost:   £199 inc VAT 

To book a place, visit the Cruse website: