A CHARITY are launching a new support service in Prudhoe.

Tynedale Hospice at Home are launching a Bereavement Café in Prudhoe, and aim to support those in the community who have experienced the loss of someone close to them.

The concept has already seen success after the Hospice launched a regular Bereavement Café at Hexham Community Centre last September.

Speaking on behalf of the Tynedale Hospice at Home's Family Support Team, Sylvia Ritson explained: "Our bereavement cafe in Hexham has proved a lifeline for many during a very difficult and vulnerable time.

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"Many people have experienced loneliness and isolation during the pandemic but when you're grieving, those feelings can be overwhelming. Our cafe is a warm, friendly and safe place to share stories, find comfort and learn from each other."

The café will operate on a drop-in basis and will offer a safe and comforting space for people to come together, regardless of how recent or how long ago their bereavement was.

There is no obligation to talk, Sylvia explains. It just could be an opportunity to meet others and share a cup of tea or coffee. Trained members of the Family Support team from Tynedale Hospice at Home will welcome people and make sure they feel comfortable. 

Sylvia added: "We are looking forward to inviting people in Prudhoe to come along and share their stories in a comforting, friendly environment where a warm welcome will be guaranteed to anyone grieving the death of a loved one."

Beginning on Thursday, May 26, the bereavement café will take place at the Spetchells Centre, Prudhoe, on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 10.30 until 12.30, and is free of charge. Donations to the charity for refreshments are welcomed.

For more information, phone Tynedale Hospice at Home's Family Support Team on 01434 600384. For information on accessing Tynedale Hospice at Home's services, visit www.tynedalehospice.com

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