Thu 14th May 2020

The East Yorkshire bereavement support group, Talking about Loss (TAL), has become the county’s newest charity,

A year on since Shiptonthorpe woman, Jacqui Gunn, set up the self-help peer group as her way of coping with the death of her father, Talking about Loss has been registered by the Charity Commission. It comes as Jacqui prepares to set up the TAL Community Hub in Market Weighton town centre, to provide workshops and activities, help and support for people affected by bereavement, loss of employment, low self-esteem and mental health issues.

The new status means TAL can apply for grant funding and other benefits to help with the costs of running the Hub and the group.  

Jacqui, who will chair the new charity,  says: “It’s a far cry from the first pop-up wellbeing social event in Bishop Wilton last year. I’m so excited about my project becoming a charity and setting up the Hub to help so many other people, especially at such a difficult time as this. I had all these ideas about a group for the community and sat down to discuss it with friends and we came up with Talking about Loss. The wellbeing social cafes attracted such a response that it made me realise we need more.”

During the lockdown, Talking about Loss continues to hold virtual wellbeing socials using the Zoom platform to introduce the specialists who will provide support at the Community Hub to volunteers and other interested parties.

The charity news coincided with a welcome donation from the Pocklington and District Lions of £250 to help with the new building.

Work continues behind the scenes on setting up the facilities at Cross Keys Court off Market Place. There will be two buildings with rooms available for hire: the main TAL Community Hub will have  a meeting room, studio, information centre and kitchen. In addition, there will also be a multi-purpose space next door, the Wellness Barn.

More details about Talking about Loss can be found at www.talkingaboutloss.co.uk or follow the charity on Facebook and Instagram.

Just Beverley