Stay in the sun when the sunshine is gone, and you will find that the sunshine lives within you.
We are continuing to monitor the Coronavirus situation and we want to reassure you that we are working hard behind the scenes so that you can keep accessing ongoing support with minimal impact.
Sunflowers have been operational throughout the pandemic. Although we are being proactive as an organisation, it is important to acknowledge that we anticipate there will be some disruption to our services in the future. We cannot confirm what they are at this stage, but we continue to be guided by Government, Public Health England and our closest colleagues in the healthcare profession.
The health and safety of our clients and staff remain at the forefront of all our decisions. We have increased our cleaning regimes of support spaces and waiting areas, particularly for those that come in to physical contact regularly by other clients and our team members.
In addition, we have made the following decisions:
All of our support groups, training, grief recovery courses and children's support will no longer be delivered in person, these services will transfer to online sessions.
Email and telephone support will continue but remains limited in terms of response time and support capability.
Due to Tier 5, we are currently unable to offer 1-2-1 support in person with the requirement of social distancing and infection control.
We know that the current times are extremely stressful and many of us are suffering with heightened anxiety and fear. On top of this, you are grieving and trying to live life after loss which will no doubt make the current challenging times feel even more intense. It is understandable that you may feel overwhelmed and be feeling less able to cope.
We want to reach out remind you that we are still here, even if it is in a less physical sense, and are determined to work through this dreadful situation in whatever ways we can and to be available to offer support where it is needed.
Below we will provide further information about what support there is currently availabe to you.
If you have any other ideas of ways in which we can offer support, please let us know, we are always listening
Alternative measures have been put in place to ensure we are able to keep in touch with you.
Due to GDPR restrictions, we can only contact you in these ways with your express permission. If you would like to receive support through these means, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or text message our mobile contact number: 07542 527888.
Please visit GlosSunflowers on Facebook/Instagram and Twitter. To follow us and see regular updates.
We are aware that survivors of suicide often feel very isolated under normal circumstances and that is likely to escalate at this time. We would like to remind you of our private support group area on Facebook called Gloucestershire Touched by Suicide. This is a space where we can share and offer support to one another, share your thoughts and ask questions. Others who have been affected by suicide are also members of the group so we will be using it as an online facility to support one another. Sunflowers volunteers will moderate the group and will be able to respond directly. Please use this private group as a way of support and encouragement. The link to the Facebook group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/968587186610932/
We highly recommend the Hub of Hope app, which offers a comprehensive list of support networks.
We are unable to offer hard copies of our SOS Packs to anyone at present. We have however created a PDF version of the packs. Within our packs there are usually leaflets from other organisations, we are not able to inclide these within the PDF pack, but have added their contact information to signpost people to other support services available.
Our support group is now available online through Zoom for people living in Gloucestershire who are bereaved by suicide. To attend you will need to download Zoom and set up and account for yourself.
We will be running one group per month at 7pm;
Lorraine is a qualified counsellors who is a Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. There are also four Sunflowers volunteers who help run the group; Andy, Wendy, Graham and Di. They will do their upmost to support you.
Please get in touch if you would like to attend either of our groups for the Meeting ID and Password.
Please note your safety is of upmost important to us. We will require full contact details for all attendees and if any need or concern should arise during the group, our facilitators will make contact after the session to discuss this further. If you have not completed our contact form and would like to attend. Please download it here and return completed copy to us. We also have some session safety guidelines which you can view here.
Whilst our Creavtive Writing has offically come to an end, the Facebook group is still live and we are encouraging people to continue to post their writings to it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/SunflowersCreativeWriting/learning_content/ We have also uploaded the tasks set over the past three months to our website so if you wish you can give them a go at home. https://www.sunflowerssuicidesupport.org.uk/Get-Creative-Online/
During this period of lock-down, it can make the trauma of suicide loss harder to manage. We have a limited number of funded 1-2-1 video link counselling sessions with Andrea and Lorraine for people living in Gloucestershire who are bereaved by suicide. If you would like to be referred on for support, please get in touch. Please note; a referral does not guarntee that you will be eligible for support, Our consellors will make contact with you and introduce herself to ensure that you feel committed to the sessions. We can only refer on if you have completed our Contact Form and a Needs Assessment. For more information about Andrea, please visit her website: http://andreaberry.co.uk/ for more information about Lorraine please visit https://www.lorrainemeyler-warlow.co.uk/
Funding for our creative mindfulness sessions has now stopped which means we have now completed the online zoom sessions. We may introduce a new art therapy session in the future subject to funding.
We have added some tutorials to our website, along with the session powerpoints so that you can have a go at the sessions even if you did not attend the zoom group: https://www.sunflowerssuicidesupport.org.uk/Get-Creative-Online/
We have also produced a downloadable booklet called "And Breate ..." for you to complete to help you relax and be mindful. Please click here to find out more:
We are still providing support to parents or guardians of families with Children under 18 years old via Facetime, telephone and email contact to families who have previously met with Liz, our Family Support Worker. If you would like to receive support through these means for a child or young person, please email us: email@example.com .