Beyond Words: Reducing The Stigma Of Bereavement Support

Whether it is beating an African Drum or tracing your ancestry to the nineteenth century, there is something for everyone over 60 this month at The Ulster Hall.

Cruse Bereavement Care has partnered with The Ulster Hall to further its reach to a greater number of bereaved older people, with six special events during May as part of Beyond Words. The events at The Ulster Hall are the first of a range of initiatives aimed at increasing the awareness of the services that Cruse offer, eliminating the stigma around support and increasing the numbers of people over the age of 60 accessing support.dn_screen Visitors to Beyond Words at The Ulster Hall can take a cultural journey to the heart of Uganda through music and stories during the Beyond Skin Workshop (Tuesday 13 May, 10am). Dr Ann McVeigh gives an overview of some of the intriguing records held in storage, and accessible to everyone at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) – a wonderful repository of memories, recorded on paper and in photographs, parchment and ledgers – on Tuesday 20 May, 10am. Visitors can also find out how Belfast has evolved and enjoy the rich architecture the city has to offer during Belfast: An Urban Walk (Tuesday 27 May: leaving The Ulster Hall at 11am). Please note that: Guided Tour of The Ulster Hall (14 May); Introduction to Screenprinting (22 May) and Up: Movie Screening (31 May) are now all fully subscribed. In 2012, just over 12,000 people died in Northern Ireland with 82% being over the age of 60. Bereavement is a major life transition for everyone and for older people it may have a special poignancy. A death can come at a time when previously reliable support systems have weakened or disappeared. Research has shown a gap in bereavement support for older people, stroke survivors, their carers and people living in sheltered housing. Beyond Words, a regional partnership project between Cruse Bereavement Care and Stroke Association funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Connecting Older People programme, was established to address this by providing the appropriate support. Places on those Beyond Words events still available are free of charge, however advance booking is required. To book places (apart from the PRONI event) call Jan Carson on 028 9033 4475 or email: Bookings for the PRONI event must be made by phoning the Box Office. *** Cruse Bereavement is a national charity which offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and aims to enhance society’s care of bereaved people. Cruse has been operating in Northern Ireland since 1984 across seven centres and has over 450 volunteers. Stroke Association is a charity. Cruse believe in life after stroke and they are leading a community of people to change the world for people affected by stroke. They work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. They campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. Cruse funds research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at The Big Lottery Fund is the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding across the UK. The Fund aims to enable others to make real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. Belfast Waterfront and The Ulster Hall are now on Facebook.

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