We are so thrilled to be invited back to be a part of this years 1 Million Minutes, a campaign by ITV’s Good Morning Britain, in conjunction with Grief Encounter and other charities, dedicated to tackling the social issue of loneliness through bereavement.
44,000 children are bereaved of a parent or sibling annually in the UK, that’s 1 child in every classroom. Every 22 minutes a child suffers a devastating loss which turns their world upside down. The isolation these children face when bereaved is unimaginable. At Grief Encounter, one of our most valuable tools is connecting bereaved children with others, so they know they are not alone.
Joining forces with Good Morning Britain, we’re asking you to pledge between 60 and 120 minutes of your time to help a bereaved child out of the isolation and loneliness bereavement brings, and help us reach ITV’s goal of 1 million minutes in total.
This year, the campaign launches on International Giving Tuesday, 3rd December, and will run throughout December. Be sure to tune in on the 5th December to meet Sophia, whose mummy died when she was only 4 years old. Hear about how Grief Encounter have helped her on her journey.
In order for you to give us the gift of time, and support children like Sophia, there are a wide range of pledging opportunities available, from helping out at a remembrance workshop or hosting a fundraising event in your local area, to taking part in a personal sporting challenge and supporting fundraisers at one of our national events.
There are many ways to get involved in the campaign to benefit bereaved children and young people in the UK. Learn about how you can get involved, and then click through to Good Morning Britain to donate your time. Whether it’s 1 hour, 1 day or just a 1 off, you could help the ‘1 child in every classroom’ feel less lonely this Christmas and beyond.
GMB presenter Susanna Reid comments: “The pain of suffering loneliness because you have lost a loved one is heartbreaking. By signing up to our 1 Million Minutes campaign, you can help ease that pain for someone at the hardest time of year.”
Piers Morgan said: “I’m really lucky, I have a wonderful family and lots of friends that I can enjoy Christmas with, but many people do not have anyone. This time of year is particularly hard for people who have lost someone dear to them. 1 Million Minutes is a great campaign and I urge everyone to pledge their time.”
Here is an example of how you can help.. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a volunteering form so we can match you to an opportunity!
Pledge 1: Volunteer at our Creative Workshops! – 60 minutes a month
You can help us by volunteering at one of our group workshops for bereaved children, young people and their families. With different therapeutic methods used, such as art, drama, music and storytelling; you can volunteer to help connect bereaved children and young people, providing an escape from the isolation bereavement so often brings.
Pledge 2: Become a trained Grieftalk Operator – 90 minutes a week
You can join our London based team, volunteering for our new nationwide helpline, Grieftalk. 90 minutes a week can help offer a bereaved child, young person or member of their family instant support and advice following the death of a loved one.
Pledge 3: Support a Remembrance Family Fun Day!
Annual events like Mothers Day and Fathers Day can be very difficult for a child who has experienced the death of a parent. Grief Encounter host Family Fun Days on key events to help young people connect with each other to make new memories, so that they can move forward in their grief journey with others, not alone.