Winston’s Wish, the charity for bereaved children, helps young people re-adjust to life after the death of a parent or sibling. By providing professional assistance before, during and after bereavement they help them to better understand the nature of loss and offer the practical support and guidance that many need in order to cope throughout the grieving process.
Every 22 minutes a child in Britain is bereaved of a parent; this equates to 24,000 new children each year learning to live with a powerful range of confusing and conflicting emotions. Bottled up, these emotions can have damaging consequences in later life for the individual, their family and society as a whole.
Winston’s Wish is now recognised as the leading organisation in this field and its pioneering model of family support has been has been adapted and used by many other organisations throughout the UK and abroad.
Founded in 1992, Winston’s Wish was the first childhood bereavement charity to be established in the UK, and today continues to lead the way in providing professional guidance, information and practical support to bereaved children, their families and professionals, through its Freephone National Helpline, online support, face-to-face support, publications and training. The charity gives parents, carers and professionals the tools to talk to children about what is happening, and how they may be feeling, when someone close to them is dying or has died, so that – over time - they may be able to make sense of it and learn to live with their loss.
What we do
At Winston's Wish we provide help and support for bereaved children and young people up to the age of 18.
Our programmes recognise how children experience grief. We therefore include time to have fun, with creative activities as well as time to focus on and work through more painful issues.