Seasons For Growth (England and Wales) Ltd
Seasons for Growth, (SfG) is a programme for children, young people and adults who have experienced significant change or loss. SfG is based on the belief that change, loss and grief are normal and valuable parts of life. We examine the impact of changes such as death, separation, divorce, loss of employment, and war (refugees and armed forces families) upon our lives, and explore how we can learn to live and grow from these experiences. The core intention of this programme is the development of resilience and emotional literacy to promote social and emotional wellbeing. The programme is educational in nature and does not provide therapy or counselling, but is delivered in a therapeutic way. The programme is based on William Worden’s 4 tasks of grief. We use the imagery of the four seasons to illustrate that grief is a cyclical experience, not a linear journey with a clear end. Trained ‘Companions’ facilitate small groups where participants share their experiences, and support and learn from one another. Peer support is a key element of the programme, and confidentiality is strongly emphasised.