Training Opportunities

CHUMS has a long tradition of supporting the wider community. For professionals and voluntary agencies we offer a comprehensive range of progressive personal development and training opportunities to empower them to feel more confident when supporting those who have been bereaved. We also host an annual National Conference in October.


It is important to consider that the knowledge and skills gained from the majority of the training is transferable to supporting people who are experiencing other forms of loss. For example: loss associated with divorce or separation; or transition form lower to middle school.


Two-hour overview of ‘Children, Loss and Grief’


  • to introduce CHUMS and referral pathways
  • to consider the possible implications of not providing bereavement support for children and young people who require it
  • to consider appropriate levels of training

These sessions are available to be booked to suit. For schools, they are often delivered on ‘Inset’ trainings days or as ‘twilight’ sessions


Introductory Awareness Day – ‘Children, Loss and Grief’.
An experiential training day that explores:

  • our own attitudes towards death and dying
  • our own coping strategies
  • how grief affects children and young people and their families
  • exploring practical ways to offer support
  • sharing ideas and resources
  • death and the National Curriculum in schools
  • policies and guidelines
  • CHUMS and the support available


Currently we offer five Introductory Awareness Days throughout the academic year. They have a generic format. If you require to train more than four members of staff you may wish to consider hosting a day at your own venue which gives you the opportunity to select from a range of modules in the afternoon session that may be more specific to your needs. For example:- ‘Grief and the 0-5 years’ ; ‘School Policies and Guidelines’


Intermediate Two-Day Course.
An experiential training day that explores:

  • impact of bereavement on ‘wider family’
  • communication and listening skills
  • an introduction to practical activities

Currently we offer two Intermediate Two-Day Courses during the academic year. Please note that delegates need to have attended an Introductory Awareness Day to be eligible for this course.


Accredited Four–Day Course.

An experiential training course that is completed by all of our CHUMS Volunteers. It provides an opportunity for accreditation from the OCN credit4learning (6 credits at level 3) following attendance and the successful completion of :

  • reflective Journal
  • essay
  • book Review
  • an activity designed for use with a bereaved child
  • competency assessment

Currently we offer two Accredited Four–Day Courses during the academic year. One course is primarily to accommodate our volunteer training programme and is delivered in two modules covering 30 hours (7.00 -10.00 pm on a Wednesday evening) + 2 hour Child Protection Module. However, it is available to others, so please enquire. The other course is delivered over four full days – (4 separate days).

We are continually developing our training and plan to offer an integrated modular system to enable a progressive personal and professional development pathway. They will vary in duration – nominally from a half day, up to two full days maximum.



  • 0-5’s
  • teenagers
  • creative Arts interventions
  • one to one Skills Training
  • facilitating Groups
  • enhanced Communication Skills
  • supporting children on ‘One to One’ basis
  • special Needs
  • suicide
  • understanding Traumatic Bereavement – { Introductory level }
  • sudden Death & Trauma – { Advanced level }
  • school Policies & Guidelines + National Curriculum + PHSE
  • pre-bereavement.

Many professionals are already aware of CHUMS and we continue to strive to raise our profile in the community, knowing that without support some of these children and young people will fail in their attempts towards reaching their potential.


Our training courses are suitable for Teaching staff, Learning mentors, T.A.’s,  Family Workers, Education Welfare Officers, Children’s Centre workers, Health-care Professionals (Psychologists, Nurses), Health Visitors, Social Workers, Social Services employees, Foster-carers, Youth Workers, Church groups, Scouts, Guides etc., and anyone else working with children.


We will be pleased to discuss any of your enquiries.


For further information please contact Paula at CHUMS on 01525 863924 or email:


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