We offer practical support and guidance to families, individuals, professionals and anyone concerned about a grieving child. We believe that the right support at the right time can enable a young people and adults to find a way to live with their grief and rebuild a positive future.
Children’s Bereavement Service.
The Gaddum Centre CFBS provides a needs-led therapeutic service for Manchester and Salford children and families, as they begin to explore their unique process of adjustment following bereavement.
Children and young people often find it difficult to speak directly about their thoughts and feelings, and so play (sometimes art for adults!) is used as an effective communication tool to facilitate symbolic expression and appear less threatening. Sessions usually take place each week or fortnight in an environment where the young person feels most comfortable e.g. home or school, and it is not a time-limited service so once contact has been established, the intervention will continue for as long as it is felt to be effective and necessary.
Families can refer themselves or be referred by any relevant professional; making telephone contact with us on: 0161 834 6069. Then through our assessment process we establish whether the Gaddum Centre offers the most appropriate form of support for their individual needs. A referral form is sent out to families/professionals for completion and on its return the family name is placed onto the referral list and an acknowledgement letter sent out.
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Paediatric Palliative Care Service.
Gaddum Centre Paediatric Palliative Care Service provides a needs-led therapeutic service for families in Manchester, Salford, Rochdale and Stockport in which there is a child with a life limiting or life threatening illness, or any time after a child has died in this way. The service is available for the child, siblings, parents, carers, extended family and friends. We are happy to work with the whole family or individual members.
This specialist service provides an opportunity for individuals to talk about and explore their feelings with someone who is not directly involved in their situation. We can work together to clarify thoughts and feelings, and develop coping strategies for the difficult times. Family support can help family members to talk more openly with each other so that they are more able to understand and support each other. When working with children we use a variety of creative and non-verbal therapeutic methods, such as art and play therapy to help them explore their feelings. The intervention will continue for as long as is necessary, and can take place at school, home or another place in which the individual feels comfortable.
Families can refer themselves or be referred by any relevant professional; making telephone contact with us on: 0161 834 6069. We will then work together to identify what kind of support would best meet the family’s needs. A referral form is sent out to families/professionals for completion and on its return the family name is placed onto the referral list and an acknowledgement letter sent out.
We provide a separate worker for direct work with adults; and telephone support or information is offered to referrers, parents & carers by our professional team between 9am – 4pm throughout the week.
All of our counselling services are listed on http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/the-gaddum-centre