Age UK Oxfordshire
Offers a range of services including befriending and a community information network that provides access to a range of groups and organisations offering practical and emotional support to older people. Late Spring Offers bereaved people aged 60+ the opportunity to meet with others over tea and cake. Fortnightly meetings in across Oxfordshire.
0345 450 1276
Provides a supportive, understanding and friendly environment and a range of activities for people feeling lonely and isolated. Activities include social evenings, befriending, drop-in café and group outings
BLESS Bereavement, Loss and Emotional Support Service
BLESS provides 1-1 support for Jewish people (and people with Jewish connections) living in Oxfordshire.
Chipping Norton Friendship Club
Social activities for bereaved people. Monthly meetings (Saturdays), lunches, coach trips.
Pat Smith 01608 678456
Cruse, Bereavement Care Oxfordshire branch – for all bereaved adults
A national organisation with a local branch covering Oxfordshire. Provides individual and group support, counselling, social ‘friendship’ groups, a group for people bereaved by suicide (in collaboration with Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) and runs a project working with homeless people in hostels and supported housing in Oxford.
Telephone helpline: 01865 245398 (10.00-13.00 weekdays)
Home Start Oxfordshire
Home-Start is a national organisation with 3 branches in Oxon. Offers practical, emotional and befriending support to families (with at least one child under five) experiencing difficulties managing parenting for a variety of reasons. Support is free, confidential and non-judgemental.
A bereavement support group under the umbrella of Christ Church, Abingdon. Held monthly on second Tuesday, 10.30-12.00, New Barn Café, Northcourt Road. Abingdon, OX14 1PL
Helen and Douglas House Family Support Team
Individual and group support and counselling for families of Helen or Douglas House patients.
The Hummingbird Cancer Support and Therapy Centre
Provides a variety of support services and counselling, including bereavement support, to people in the Bicester area affected by cancer.
Katharine House Hospice Bereavement Service
Offers support and counselling to families and friends of Katharine House Hospice patients.
The Listening Centre
Provides low-cost counselling to people in Oxford who are otherwise unable to afford it. Volunteer counsellors and psychotherapists work from centres in Blackbird Leys, Rosehill and Barton.
The Loss Foundation
The Loss Foundation is a charity run by health professionals offering support groups and social events in London and Oxford for people who have lost a loved one to cancer. Offers opportunities for people to share stories; to talk, listen, eat cake, or simply be.
0300 200 4112
Maggie’s Oxford - for those affected by cancer
Offers bereavement support to those affected by cancer through support groups and individual counselling. National website hosts an on-line facilitated bereavement support group.
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Bereavement Service
Provides a compassionate administrative service to support families cared for in the John Radcliffe, Churchill, Horton and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospitals in the immediate period after a patient has died. The service facilitates, where possible, for families of the bereaved to ask questions about the care given by the Trust in the days following the death of their relative. The Bereavement Services supports all families who have experienced a sudden child or adult death and assists families in meeting their cultural and religious requirements for funeral arrangements or repatriation. The bereavement service assists in offering resources following pregnancy and neonatal loss and the options for funeral arrangements for babies dying at, or near, the time of birth.
SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) Oxfordshire
National charity for people affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy or after birth. Oxfordshire Sands holds informal meetings every two months where individual stories can be shared and support and practical advice offered. Run by volunteers who are all bereaved parents. Information and recommended reading available on website
National Helpline: 020 7436 5881
Local befrienders: 07513 295504
SeeSaw - grief support for children and young people in Oxfordshire
SeeSaw provides direct support throughout Oxfordshire for children and families before and after the death of a parent or sibling.
01865 744 768
Sobell House Bereavement Service
Offers support and counselling to families and friends of Sobell House patients.
Talking Space Oxfordshire
Talking Space is part of the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme offering help to people (age 18+) with depression or anxiety. Access via GPs or by self-referral.
The Way Ahead
A social group for bereaved, single and retired people. Meets monthly in Oxford, arranges trips, meals and other social gatherings.
01865 880634 (Diane) or 01865 559081 (Joyce)
WAY Foundation (Widowed and Young)
Helps young widowed people (up to age 51) through social events. Run by young widowed volunteers. Organises holidays, website provides information, a chat room and on-line support groups and has an active local branch in Oxfordshire.
0300 012 4929
WAY UP is a mutual help group created to support the needs of anyone (over the age of 50) who has lost a long term life partner. Provides a national web-based group and offers meetings and events all over the UK, including Oxfordshire.
YDUK offers support services for younger people with dementia (under 65) and their families. Offers individual support both before and after a bereavement.