Get involved

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Help us financially

Thank you! It costs about £100 per day to run our portion of the charity and any contribution you make will help support our work.

Although all our bereavement volunteers donate their time for free, we are responsible for raising all our own funds to operate Cruse locally.

Click here to donate.

Become a ‘Friend of Cruse’

Our charity relies entirely on the goodwill of volunteers. Could you see yourself working on a project for us, helping with administration, or helping us to raise money?

To volunteer your interest in help us please complete our enquiry form.

Support our Events

Click here to find out about events we are hosting in 2020.

Train to become a Bereavement Volunteer

We ask that you allow a couple of years between a close bereavement and becoming a Bereavement Volunteer. However, you can still get involved in other areas of the charity.

All our Bereavement Volunteers go through training before they are able to work with clients. Basic training is a 30-hour course, which take place over 5 days – usually Saturdays. There is a requirement to do 15 hours of ongoing training every year for all volunteers working with clients and is organised by Cruse Cumbria.

We are committed to ongoing support and personal development for all our volunteers. They are supported in their work by regular supervision. Supervision courses are held from time to time and both internal and external applicants can apply to train as supervisors.

The application form and recruitment selections notes are available to download and print - see below.

If you would like to talk to someone about volunteering with Cruse, or are unable to download the form, please contact the helpline. We will be happy to talk to you or send you a copy of the application form.

Application Form


What does Cruse do?

Cruse is a national charity with localised branches that provide advice, information and support to anyone who has been bereaved (children, young people and adults), whenever or however a death has occurred. The service is provided by trained, experienced volunteers, in a hired venue or the client’s own home. It is confidential and free.

Do I need to train to be a Bereavement Volunteer?

Yes. Everybody who works with Cruse clients needs to first complete the Cruse Bereavement Support Foundation (BSF) course, regardless of previous experience and/or qualifications. This is to ensure clients receive a consistent approach, irrespective of where in the UK they seek support.

The BSF course comprises both theory and practical skills practice, has 30 hours of contact time (5 sessions of 6 hours each) and at least 10 hours personal study time. It is expected that trainees will attend the entire course.

In addition all trainees are required to complete a portfolio to provide evidence of their learning. Completion time is normally 10 to 12 hours undertaken in the trainee’s own time.

When is the next BSF training course?

Given the current circumstances, our next Bereavement Support Foundation  course will probably be an online course, using Zoom and email. The next BSF course will be held in Autumn 2020. 

The provisional dates are:

September 26th 

October 10th and 24th

November 7th, 21st and 28th.

We don't yet know when we will be able to return to face-to-face training, but when we have further information, we will add updates here. 

All dates must be attended to complete the course. There is an option of taking only the first three days, if you are not planning on becoming a Cruse Bereavement Volunteer. Please email if you would like to do this training and volunteer with us. 

How much does it cost to join the training course?

There has been a recent decision made by Cruse UK that volunteers will not be charged to do the online Bereavement Foundation Support training course. A commitment of one year's volunteering is requested. 

I haven’t studied recently does this matter?

No. You are well supported on the training course by the trainers and the others who are on the course. We are keen to recruit from people with a wide range of skills and experiences.

Can I start volunteering immediately after completion of the BSF course?

Volunteers who have newly completed their BSF training course can commence working with clients when:

i) They have successfully passed the Cruse Bereavement Care post-training on safeguarding, and on completing an induction session

ii) A DBS and reference check has been completed.

What on-going commitment do I need to give to Cruse?

We are seeking to recruit volunteers to initially support one client face to face for fifty minutes each week; however, we would hope that with experience our volunteers would be able to support more than one client at any one time.

Volunteers are also required to attend a monthly supervision session with an experienced Cruse supervisor on a one to one basis and later as part of a group. There will also be an annual meeting with a supervisor. This session is intended to give you the opportunity to discuss what additional support and training you might want from us. Both are mandatory requirements when volunteering for Cruse.

Ideally once accepted by the branch we would be looking for a two-year commitment.

All bereavement volunteers are required to attend further training modules on Child Bereavement and Sudden Death within their first year. No charge is made for training once the Branch has accepted you as a volunteer, but 15 hours continuing professional development each year is expected.

What happens next?

Please complete the Cruse application form and return it by email to:

By completing an application form, you will automatically be added to our mailing list and receive regular updates on BSF training as they become available.

If you need any further information, please send an email to the course organiser at the above email address.