Bereavement Support Foundation Course
The Bereavement Support Foundation course (BSF) is the national Cruse foundation course for anybody wanting to work with clients as a qualified bereavement volunteer.
We normally run two courses every year. There will be an opportunity to meet with the course tutors to learn more in detail and for you to decide whether it is right for you.
People who complete the course satisfactorily and wish to become Cruse volunteers are then invited for a final interview. If successful, they are allocated a supervisor, and they will be fully supported when they will see their clients.
All Cruse volunteers are required to have enhanced clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and this is carried out following final interview. This check is carried out during the course so that course graduates who succeed in their final interview can join our volunteer team without delay.
SPRING BSF COURSE STARTS 8th March 2019
The Autumn BSF Course will take place on the following Saturdays at Wesley Memorial Hall, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DH
These 5 days consist of the 3 day Foundation course and a 2 day Face to Face Support module, and comprise the Bereavement Support Foundation Course as designed and specified by Cruse Bereavement Care.
In order to complete the course you must attend all of the 5 days.
If you wish to join Oxfordshire Cruse as a Bereavement Support Volunteer you will need to undertake another three skills days (making 8 days in total) in addition, to embed the learning from the course. The dates for the final three days are as follows:
You will need to attend a minimum of 2 of the 3 final days in order to complete the course. These 3 days will include, among other things, training on child death, sudden and traumatic death and bereavement by suicide as well as additional skills practice sessions.
The cost for the course (5 or 8 days) is £250.
We do offer concessions for those on means tested benefits so please ask if you think this might apply to you.
If you would like to apply, please return the application form to me, Vanessa Roberts by post or email (email@example.com) as soon as possible and I will contact you to invite you to attend an informal interview.
By its nature the course may be unsuitable for anyone who has experienced a close bereavement in the last two years. Completion of the course is not a guarantee of acceptance as a Cruse Bereavement Volunteer although most successful trainees do go on to work with us.
If you have any questions when considering whether to apply, you can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01865 202242 or 07984 212839