Bereavement Benefit Rule Change

DWP bereavement benefit changes could give 22,500 people backdated lump sum payment.

Once plans are approved, the changes will apply retrospectively from August 30, 2018.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has laid out new draft plans to the UK Parliament which will extend bereavement support to more than 22,000 people.

Previously, a surviving parent could only claim the financial support if they had been married or in a civil partnership at the time of their spouse or civil partner’s death. However, under these new plans, Widowed Parent’s Allowance and Bereavement Support Payments will be extended to surviving cohabiting partners with children who were living with their partner when they died.

It is estimated around 22,500 families will now be able to claim this vital help, totalling an additional £320 million in support for bereaved children over the next five years.

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New Virtual Support Group Launched for Punjabi Speaking Women

The death of a loved one is never easy to experience, whether it comes without warning or after a long struggle with illness. Research has shown that those bereaved by suicide are at an increased risk of suicide themselves. Added to that burden is the substantial stigma, which can keep those left behind, away from the much needed support.

This support group will run on the second Wednesday of every month starting from Wednesday 12 August at 7:00pm and will be facilitated by volunteers Binnie & Gurj. They are both experienced group leaders and currently run the Birmingham support group alongside fellow volunteer Bali.

 

The purpose of this group is to allow people to:

1. Talk to others who understand what they may be going through in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.

2. Open up, in their own way at their own pace and start to develop coping strategies to deal with their loss.

For many it will be the first chance that they have had to openly talk about what they are experiencing and how they are feeling. Just hearing how someone else or another family is coping with the aftermath of losing a loved one to suicide can help those who maybe at risk of suicide to feel more hopeful about their life and future.

To attend the above meetings please contact us on 07376 303438 or email us at birmingham@uksobs.org

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide Volunteer Jonathan Lee – BBC Radio Sheffield

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide Volunteer & Author Jonathan Lee’s interview on BBC Radio Sheffield.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicides volunteer and author, Jonathan Lee has given an interview on BBC Radio Sheffield. He took to the radio on the Paulette Edwards show to discuss why he decided to volunteer for our charity and set up a new Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide support group in Barnsley.

Please note that during the interview the term ‘committed suicide’ is used.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide does not condone the use of this phrase & promotes the use of  non-stigmatising terminology.

Jonathan is fundraising for the Barnsley group by donating the royalties of his newest book to Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide.

Online Harms White Paper April 2019

On 8 April the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Home Office published the Online Harms White Paper, which sets out the Government’s plans for a package of measures to make the internet safer for everyone.  The White Paper is currently open for consultation until 1 July, and both it and the consultation details can be found at www.gov.uk by searching for ‘Online Harms White Paper’.

The White Paper outlines plans for a new regulatory framework to address all forms of online harms, including content that is seen to encourage or assist suicide.  Once the regulator is in place, it will work with internet and social media companies to ensure that abhorrent content is removed.

Ban the press from reporting suicides Inappropriately

Media organisations report and publish a death by suicide with no consideration to the family involved. The law gives preference to the public’s ghoulish interest over a family’s right to grieve in private. If someone dies by suicide, the press should be able to report only that they have died.

Suicide deaths are a shock to all left behind and are traumatic enough without the death being broadcast to the wider community. Suicide deaths are not easily explained to children left behind. Families should have the right to explain what has happened at an appropriate time or when the child reaches an age where they can fully understand and process the information, not have their parental choices taken away simply because media organisations deem it newsworthy. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/244574

Calling for Helpline Volunteers

Can you join us to help others by volunteering for the National Helpline?

The Helpline offers an invaluable service to adults, often to newly bereaved people, affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide.  The Helpline may be the first contact for emotional support after their tragedy.  Callers can share their feelings with someone who really understands, who has lost a loved one to suicide and who will listen.

If you feel you can offer your services and have been bereaved for at least 2 years, then please follow the link for more information  Helpline recruitment flyer with border and Helpline bi fold recruitment leaflet 03-19

Volunteer Recruitment Appeal

A Group Leader and 2 Volunteers needed to run our SoBS Bradford group

Our Bradford group will unfortunately be closing in December.  Can you help?

  • Have you been bereaved by suicide for 2 years or more?
  • Do you have good inter-personal skills in order to lead a group, encourage and sustain discussion?
  • Be open and accepting to people of other cultures, beliefs and sexual orientation?
  • Are you confident in handling people in distress?
  • Are you caring and supportive?
  • Do you have good, independent judgement of situations?
  • Do you have the ability in working effectively as a member of a team?
  • Would you be willing to undergo training to develop skills?
  • Have you received help and want to ‘give back’?

To be a Group Leader Volunteer and start a group requires commitment and dedication in the interests of the individual and also the clients who attend the meeting.

Due to the sensitive nature of our charity we require all volunteers to complete an application form in line with our policies and procedures.

For further details please follow link https://uksobs.org/help-us/support-group-volunteers/

If you wish to discuss any further details, then please do not hesitate to contact the National Office on:

Tele:  01159 441 117

Email: admin@uksobs.org