Slide Away

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2 The Clocktower,Brushford
TA22 9AF

07970 597715

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Slide Away provides support for children and young people in West Kent, who have been bereaved of a relative or friend. Bereaved children and young people have told us that, following the death of someone important to them, they sometimes feel anger, grief, numbness, relief, fear, confusion, despair, shock, denial, sadness, anxiety, depression, guilt.

Slide Away offers one-day and two-day therapeutic workshops, which enable children to explore and express their emotions, to find ways of coping with their grief and to help them start the process of moving on through creative activities. Slide Away also hold monthly workshops for children who are dealing with a terminal illness within the family, offering support and ways of coping. 

Slide Away take all referrals through schools and we maintain a network of volunteer School Bereavement Contacts in the West Kent area (including Maidstone, Tonbridge, Malling, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, and parts of Gravesham and Dartford) all of whom are given awareness training to give them the confidence to support a bereaved pupil and make contact with their family. School can feel like a safe haven and a place of continuity for a bereaved child, especially if their home circumstances have become difficult or changed dramatically, and it is important that there is a member of staff, who is aware of their situation, to whom they can talk.

Our vision is for all children in Kent to have access to a bereavement support service, which acknowledges their grief and experience of loss following the death of a close relative or friend.

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