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Vote for St Leonard
We are delighted that our application for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme has been successful and our project to improve our bereavement support service is being put forward to public vote. 
Posted Oct 09

Vote for St Leonard's in the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme

We applied to the Tesco Bags of Help scheme (the one with the blue tokens!) in order to fund the purchase of resources to assist with our bereavement support service. We are now delighted that our application was accepted and members of the public will be able to cast their votes using the blue tokens in store between Thursday 1st November and Monday 31st December 2018. 

The project with the highest number of votes across the region will receive £4,000, the second placed project £2,000, and the third placed project £1,000.

You can vote for St Leonard's Hospice in Tesco Express Acomb Wood and Tesco Extra Tadcaster Road, both in York. 

More about the project:

It is very well evidenced that children and young people benefit from speaking to an appropriate adult to talk through their emotions which can overcome them at times of significant loss. Working with very young children, to young adults, can provide a much-needed confidential space, using specific activities and resources, or simply having space and time to talk through worries and fears.

Providing a space which is both physically and emotionally comfortable is of vital importance in working with the bereaved, of any age. Ensuring the space is well-furnished is important as we seek to work with and support those who come to us for support and help.

In working with adults, too, we realise that many bereaved people find it difficult to talk with and share their emotions in bereavement. Talking with specially trained staff and volunteers can be extremely beneficial to personal well-being as people learn to live with their grief and adjust to a changed anticipated future.

Having access to a wide range of resources, including games, books, and sand tray equipment to explore personal narratives, fears, deep and entrenched worries, can help people to articulate their deepest emotions which they may have otherwise found difficult or impossible to express.

Having appropriate resources for under represented groups (reflecting ethnic diversity, and a range of differently able people, as well as the disenfranchised and marginalised) is also of paramount importance as we seek to develop and service that affords equal access and meets the needs of as many bereaved people as possible.

We have requested funding for the following:
Furniture (Sofa)
Age specific games and resources
Resource Books
Puppets
Memory Boxes
Books to take away