Cruse Bereavement Care Croydon - Free counselling, bereavement support in the London borough of Croydon (24-hour answerphone) 020 8916 0855

About us

Cruse in Croydon has served the London Borough of Croydon for nearly 30 years. We are proud of the service we provide through our voluntary and unpaid team of counsellors. Cruse Bereavement Care - our national body - is a non-religious organisation originally founded as a self-help group for widows in 1959. It is now open to all bereaved people. The name derives from a passage in the Old Testament about a widow who took care of the prophet Elijah, feeding him at a time of famine. He assured her that, while she looked after him, her cruse, or jar of oil, would never run out, signifying that support would be given to her as long as it was needed.

We have around 30 volunteer counsellors, all of whom have undertaken a specialist Cruse bereavement training course. They work as probationary counsellors for around two years before being accredited by Cruse Bereavement Care. To be accredited they must spend a certain number of hours counselling, being supervised, and must complete other training and study.

Our volunteers are drawn from all walks of life and represent a considerable cultural cross-section of the population of South London. We are bound by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework.

All counsellors working with the public have their work supervised and undertake ongoing training.

We operate an equal opportunities policy, and our services are available to anyone who has been bereaved regardless of age, gender, religion, sexual orientation or ethnic group.

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