Be­reave­ment group to dou­ble its ser­vice

Cam­bus­lang sup­port group to meet each week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

An or­gan­i­sa­tion of­fer­ing sup­port to those who have lost a loved one is set to in­crease its ser­vice.

The Cam­bus­lang Be­reave­ment Sup­port Group have de­cided to meet once a week rather than the cur­rent set-up of the first and third Wed­nes­day of each month.

Since be­ing set up two years ago, the group have helped dozens of lo­cal peo­ple comes to terms with the death of a fam­ily mem­ber or friend.

Co-or­di­na­tor Iso­bel Allan MBE told the Re­former that, while num­bers were man­age­able, they felt the move to a weekly ser­vice would en­cour­age more peo­ple to at­tend.

And she reck­ons the fact many peo­ple who go along re­turn to the group proves there is a need for a ser­vice of this kind in the town.

She said: “We are not over­whelmed with peo­ple, but most weeks there will be some­one.

“The rea­son we have gone weekly is it can be hard for folk to re­mem­ber if it’s the first and third Wed­nes­day of the month. We’ve had folk turn­ing up on weeks we haven’t been on.”

She added: “There’s noth­ing like this in the Cam­bus­lang area.

“Groups like ( be­reave­ment char­ity) Cruse, who are mar­vel­lous, can have wait­ing lists and of­fer coun­selling.

“We of­fer lis­ten­ing and sup­port ser­vices and this will make it eas­ier for peo­ple to drop in so we can pro­vide a safe venue for peo­ple to be able to talk about those they loved, whether it’s from the present or the past.

“The fact peo­ple are still com­ing and some are com­ing back makes me be­lieve there is a need for this in the area.

“Hope­fully it’s a help­ful ser­vice and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how we do, now we’re go­ing weekly.”

Iso­bel’s own back­ground is in grief coun­selling.

There are a to­tal of nine vol­un­teers work­ing with the group, with a min­i­mum of two on at any time dur­ing a ses­sion.

Look­ing back on the past two years, Iso­bel reck­ons it’s hard to quan­tify the suc­cess of the group, say­ing: “It’s a strange ser­vice, we can’t re­ally eval­u­ate how suc­cess­ful it is and it would be in­sen­si­tive to do so. I sup­pose the fact some peo­ple re­turn is a sign we are help­ing.

“We’re not talk­ing about mas­sive amounts of peo­ple, but I al­ways think if we can help just one or two folk we have done re­ally well.”

The group meet be­tween 10am and 12pm in the Mor­ri­son Room of Cam­bus­lang Parish Church in Arnott Way ev­ery Wed­nes­day, but Iso­bel is keen to point out they are not a church group.

She said: “You do not have to have a church con­nec­tion to come along. We just meet in the church be­cause it is avail­able.

“It is very in­for­mal and con­fi­den­tial. Peo­ple need a safe space, es­pe­cially when they are very vul­ner­a­ble.”

She added: “When you’ve lost some­one close, no mat­ter when, if you talk about it then you are vul­ner­a­ble.”

Peo­ple come back so we must be help­ing

Co-or­di­na­tor Iso­bel Allan MBE

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