What we provide

Referral

Crocus Group works on a referral system. We accept referrals from anyone, but ask that the child and parents/carers are aware of the referral. If you wish to refer someone please contact us via email or phone.

Our services

Once an assessment visit has taken place we may offer:

  • Family support sessions
  • One to one support sessions
  • A six to eight week group programme (available for different age groups)
  • A 'Day to Remember' - a special remembrance day in which small groups of children share their experiences and make memories of the person who died
  • Support for schools and other agencies to ensure appropriate resources are in place for the child
  • Books, leaflets and advice to help families feel equipped in talking openly with one another

Any direct support is usually provided in our Inverness office.  Our support mostly takes the form of creative, hands-on activities where children can express their innermost thoughts freely and begin to make sense of what has happened.

We can also provide consultancy and advice to schools and other groups in the Highland area.

Crocus Club

We run a group programme for children aged 5-8. We also aim to help parents/carers as well as children during these support sessions by providing a listening ear or answering questions, offering resources and helping talk about bereavement.

We aim to:

  • Help the children to understand and express their grief in individual ways
  • Provide the child with an opportunity to meet other bereaved children
  • Help children and families to find positive ways of remembering the person who died
  • Educate children and their families about the grief process
  • Help people to talk openly about death and bereavement
  • Help restore confidence and self esteem in bereaved children

Crocus Squad

This is a 6-8 week session programme for children aged 9-13. After completing the programme, children are encouraged to use the 'toolkit' of resources they've built up for themselves to manage their grief. Parents and carers are welcome to use the kitchen space for tea, coffee and conversation whilst the session is running.

Teens Group

The Helping Hands group is run in partnership with Youth Highland, and uses a youth work approach to empower young people to take the lead in managing their loss in healthy ways. The young people are encouraged to set the agenda and build supportive peer relationships. They can decide how much of their own personal experience they share with the group and when. A recent group have developed a bereavement education resource to share with teachers and other support staff, aiding them to learn how to respond helpfully to a bereaved young person. We are excited to be able to offer this resource to staff teams in Highland!

Day to Remember

We provide a day for small groups of children usually aged from 6-17 years. This is an opportunity for children to get together to share experiences and talk about the person who has died.

Days to remember are held throughout the year and involve a programmes of activities suited to the age and circumstances of each child.

We aim to:

  • Provide the child with an opportunity to meet other bereaved children
  • Give the child the opportunity to accept the reality of death
  • Educate about the grief process
  • Acknowledge the different feelings which children may experience
  • Facilitate the child’s understanding about what has happened