Local Resources

Below is a list of resources throughout the UK, which may be helpful to anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby or young child.

To recommend a local resource, please send us an email or submit your resource using the form at the bottom of this page.  We will list counselling services, SANDS groups, pregnancy after loss groups, nonprofits and charities related to baby loss – etc..  Please note that ‘Local Resources’ are ones which parents can physically attend.  If you would like to recommend a resource that does not cover a local area, but is based online instead – please go to our Online Resources page and recommend your resource from there.  Thank you.

If you would like to comment on a resource that is already listed here, please share your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Resources in the East Midlands.

If you would like to submit a resource in the East Midlands, please use the form at the bottom of this page.

Resources in the North of England.

Wirral and Chester Sands
Contact: Emma Savage: wirralandchestersands@hotmail.co.uk
A support group for anyone in Wirrel and Chester who has been affected by the death of a baby.  Meets on the first Wednesday of every month at Clatterbridge Hospital Post Graduate Centre, from 7.30pm.

Warrington Life After Loss Forget Me Not Support Group
Contact:07596 583478 or email gemma@lifeafterloss.org.uk
The Forget Me Not support group offers support and advice for people who have suffered the loss of a child under any circumstances, from early miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy to stillbirth and neonatal or infant loss.  The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month, at 7.30pm at the postgraduate building of Warrington Hospital.

Resources in the South of England.

Horsham and District Sands Support Group
Contact: support@horshamanddistrictsands.org
A support group for anyone in Horsham and the surrounding areas who has been affected by the death of a baby.  The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at The Salvation Army Hall, Booth Way, Horsham, West Sussex.

Chelmsford Sands Support Group.
Contact: support@chelmsfordsands.co.uk
Offers support to local bereaved parents when a baby dies. Whatever the circumstances, we are here to offer support, comfort and understanding. Meetings held last monday of the month 1930-2130 at the Methodist Church, Main Road, Broomfield.  Chelmsford Sands have a Website, Facebook page and Twitter.

Farnborough Sands
Contact: 07792 239 593 / laura@farnboroughsands.co.uk
A support group for anyone in A support group covering Basingstoke, Reading, Farnborough, Frimley, Ascot, Bracknell, Wokingham and areas nearby.  The group are not trained counsellors but can offer support, understanding, comfort and most importantly a listening ear.  The group works in partnership with local healthcare professionals to imprive the quality of care and the service offered to bereaved families.  The group provides training to healthcare professionals at Frimley Park Hospital, North Hants Hospital Basingstoke and Royal Berkshire Hospital. They also provide memory boxes and contents to these hospitals.  Please visit their website for further information about the support group.

First Touch.
Contact: Paula on 020 8725 4733 (please leave a message), email info@first-touch.org.uk or visit the St George’s Hospital website: http://www.first-touch.org.uk
First Touch is a registered charity which supports the families of babies born at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London.  First Touch’s counsellor, Paula Steele, supports parents who have babies on the neonatal unit, or who have lost babies who have been cared for on the unit.  She provides regular and ongoing counselling sessions for parents and can provide support for them during a subsequent pregnancy.

Kent Sands.
Contact: 07951454682
A support group providing an opportunity for bereaved parents to share their experiences of baby loss with other bereaved parents.  There are three monthly meetings in Aylesford, Barnehurst and Canterbury.  Please view each individual group for further details.  You can visit the Kent Sands main website here: www.kentsands.com

Aylesford Sands
Contact: 07530 363302
Support group for bereaved parents in Aylesford, Kent.  Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month, excluding December, from 7.45pm to 9.30pm.  Meetings are at The Tremain Hall, Aylesford Community Center, 25 Forstall Road, Aylesford, ME207AU
For further details visit the Kent Sands website.

Barnehurst Sands
Contact: 07951454682
Support group for bereaved parents in Barnehurst, Kent.  Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month, from 7.45pm to 9.30pm.  Meetings are at The Maxim Room, St Martin’s Church, Erith Road, Barnehurst, Bexleyheath, DA7 6LE
For further details visit the Kent Sands website.

Canterbury South Sands
Contact: 07547 195791
Support group for bereaved parents in Barnehurst, Kent.  Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month, from 7.45pm to 9.30pm.  Meetings are at The Small Hall, Chartham Village Hall, Station Road, Chartham, Nr. Canterbury, CT4 7HX
For further details visit the Kent Sands website.

 

Resources in Yorkshire and The Humber.

If you would like to submit a resource in Yorkshire and The Humber, please use the form at the bottom of this page.

Resources in Wales.

If you would like to submit a resource in the Wales, please use the form at the bottom of this page.

Resources in Isle of Man.

If you would like to submit a resource in the Isle of Man, please use the form at the bottom of this page.

Resources in Scotland.

Scottish Care & Information on Miscarriage (SCIM)
Contact: Tel: 0141 552 5070  Email: miscarriagescotland@hotmail.com
Offers a specialised counselling service for: miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, and related issues such as; infertility, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, emotional support, employment issues, loss and bereavement.

Resources in Northern Ireland.

Sands Northern Ireland
Contact: 07740 993450 or visit the Sands NI website: www.sandsni.org
Sands runs monthly support groups across Northern Ireland, providing support to local bereaved parents when a baby dies.  All meetings are run on a very informal basis by Sands befrienders and everyone is very welcome.  It is up to each person how they want to use the groups.  Some people come every month and others come only once.  There is no pressure to attend if you don’t want to or don’t think it is the right thing for you.  There is also no pressure to talk and tell your story if you don’t want to.  Many people find it beneficial just to sit and listen, others want to share their story.  You can ring the Helpine for further details first, or just drop in to a group.

Antrim Sands Support Group
Contact:  Steven on 07587248977
1st Thursday of the month at 7:30pm in the Antrim Day Centre.

Belfast Sands Support Group
Contact: 07740 993450
1st Wednesday of every month at 8pm in the Mount Oriel Centre

Coleraine Sands Support Group
Contact: Joy, Kirsty or Johanne 07957796138
Last Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm in the Pavestone Centre

Cookstown Sands Support Group
Contact: Edel on 07876558096
3rd Wednesday of every month at 8pm in the Beacon Centre

Derry Sands Support Group
Contact: Aureli on 07801824399
1st Tuesday of every month in the Foyle Hospice, Education Room at  7.30pm

Enniskillen Sands Support Group
Contact Steven 38392509 (office hours)
(meetings suspended temporarily

Newry Sands Support Group
Contact: Siobhan on 07976723506
Last Thursday of every month at 8pm in the Committee room 2,  Daisy Hill Hospital

Omagh Sands Support Group
Contact: Emma or Stephen 07930407604
1st Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm in the  Hospital Road Community Centre

Portadown Sands Support Group
Contact: Steven on 07587248977
Last Tuesday of every month at 8pm in the Eden Social Education Centre

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