NAVIGATION
SOCIAL
ADDRESS Europa House, 115 Charles Street,, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 2HW Registered charity no.: 1187011
CONTACT e: admin@sandybear.co.uk f: 01437 700272
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Sandy Bear
About Us
Unchecked bereavement can impact on every aspect of a young life; affecting physical / mental health and well-being. In 1996, following an identified need by School Nursing and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – NHS, a Sandy Bear child bereavement service was established by those professionals in their own time, working as volunteers. The service was dependent on the work of those volunteers. A formal application was made for Welsh Government grant support via the Local Authority which enabled the Health Board to employ two dedicated children’s professionals, allowing the service to become more structured. This helped the service develop further and demand for it increased. By 2006, approximately 60 children were referred to the service annually, by 2009 this figure had reached 158. In 2016, following a review of grant funded children’s services in Pembrokeshire, Sandy Bear was decommissioned due to government funding becoming more limited. However, the service was still very much needed! Before decommissioning, the Sandy Bear service had supported a significant number of children and their families through some of the most difficult times. Knowing how much the service was needed, a dedicated group of children’s health professionals, past users and interested parties met to discuss the next steps. In 2017, a trustee board became established and founded an unincorporated charity with our status as a registered company coming into place in 2018, followed by registration with the Charity Commission in 2019. A key milestone was achieved on the 10th June 2018, twoyears after grant support for Sandy Bear stopped. We held our first therapeutic day as a newly formed charity at Scolton Manor and started accepting referrals in the October of that year. We were supported with accommodation provided by Pembrokeshire Frame, until we could move into our own premises in May 2019. Since opening our doors, we have already helped over 100 children and their families through the most trying of times, supported by the generosity of our fundraisers and volunteers. We have a new home in Milford Haven at Europa House where we run our charitable operation is based. A special mention goes to all our supporters and in particular, to Valero, whose assistance through their Charity of the Year programme was pivotal to the charity being able to function and support so many vulnerable children and families.
S a n d y B e a r
NAVIGATION
ADDRESS Europa House, 115 Charles Street,, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 2HW Registered charity no.: 1187011
Made by Simon
CONTACT e: admin@sandybear.co.uk f: 01437 700272
SOCIAL
Sandy Bear
About Us
Unchecked bereavement can impact on every aspect of a young life; affecting physical / mental health and well-being. In 1996, following an identified need by School Nursing and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – NHS, a Sandy Bear child bereavement service was established by those professionals in their own time, working as volunteers. The service was dependent on the work of those volunteers. A formal application was made for Welsh Government grant support via the Local Authority which enabled the Health Board to employ two dedicated children’s professionals, allowing the service to become more structured. This helped the service develop further and demand for it increased. By 2006, approximately 60 children were referred to the service annually, by 2009 this figure had reached 158. In 2016, following a review of grant funded children’s services in Pembrokeshire, Sandy Bear was decommissioned due to government funding becoming more limited. However, the service was still very much needed! Before decommissioning, the Sandy Bear service had supported a significant number of children and their families through some of the most difficult times. Knowing how much the service was needed, a dedicated group of children’s health professionals, past users and interested parties met to discuss the next steps. In 2017, a trustee board became established and founded an unincorporated charity with our status as a registered company coming into place in 2018, followed by registration with the Charity Commission in 2019. A key milestone was achieved on the 10th June 2018, twoyears after grant support for Sandy Bear stopped. We held our first therapeutic day as a newly formed charity at Scolton Manor and started accepting referrals in the October of that year. We were supported with accommodation provided by Pembrokeshire Frame, until we could move into our own premises in May 2019. Since opening our doors, we have already helped over 100 children and their families through the most trying of times, supported by the generosity of our fundraisers and volunteers. We have a new home in Milford Haven at Europa House where we run our charitable operation is based. A special mention goes to all our supporters and in particular, to Valero, whose assistance through their Charity of the Year programme was pivotal to the charity being able to function and support so many vulnerable children and families.
Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity
Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity