To help people through the awful experience of loss and bereavement we run Bereavement Support Groups.

The groups meet for an hour and fifteen minutes and they provide a safe, confidential place for people to share their feelings with others who are in a similar position.

During recent years over sixty people have used these groups and have found them to be crucial in helping them through their time of mourning.

The groups are led by trained facilitators and there is a strong emphasis on confidentiality and mutual respect between members.

There are the following groups:
  • Tuesdays fortnightly: for mixed groups
    St. Giles Centre 12:45 to 14:00
    lunch provided.
  • Wednesdays fortnightly: for mixed groups
    St. Giles Centre 12:45 to 14:00
    lunch provided.
  • First Sunday of every month: for 20s-50s
    St. Giles Centre, from 20:00.
  • First Wednesday of every month: for parents who have lost children
    St. Giles Church, from 20:00.
These groups are open to all irrespective of faith and creed, and members are welcome to attend for as long as they need.

More about Support Groups

At St. Giles we place a high priority on our pastoral care of people. 

Whether it is a family preparing for their child's christening, a couple getting ready for their wedding day, bereaved persons coming to terms with their loss, or general issues around life and relationships we aim to offer people love, support and help that can make a huge difference in these important experiences.  


Dementia Friends

Mon 3rd and Mon 24th April.
St. Giles Centre 8.45pm

Clare Phillips is a parish member, and also, a Community Manager for Mission Care. She is running free 'Dementia Friends' Information Sessions, and is looking for local people to come along.  

Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people's perceptions of dementia.  It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition.  

Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help.  From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.  

There are currently 850,000 people living with the condition in England.  

Having volunteered to be a Dementia Friends Champion, Clare is now delivering Dementia Friends sessions to people across London and Kent.  She said:   'I signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion because my work brings me into contact with those living with dementia on a regular basis.  It's easy to get involved.  I attended a training course, receive ongoing support and I'm now proud to be part of a growing network of people creating dementia friendly communities together.
Hannah Piekarski, Dementia Friends Regional Support Officer at the Alzheimer's Society said:   'Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the country.  Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion.  It's all about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help.  From getting in touch with someone you know living with dementia to wearing your badge with pride, every action counts.'  

Anyone wanting to attend one of the Dementia Friends sessions can contact Clare on 07766727551 or email,
or just turn up on the evening. 

People can also get involved in Dementia Friends through an online video.


Dementia Support Group

In 2012 over 800,000 people in the UK had some form of dementia, 17,000 of whom were under the age of 65.  It is estimated that by 2021 there will be over a million people living with some kind of dementia in the UK.  As this illness is now so prevalent it is not surprising that most of us will have experienced or known about somebody in our circle of family and friends who has or is suffering with Alzheimer’s or some form of Dementia. 

The experience of watching someone you love and care for disappear into the dark hole of Alzheimer’s or Dementia is a very traumatic and harrowing one.  The person that you once new and related to slowly becomes unavailable, as all normal forms of communicating and relating slowly disappear.  It is almost as if you have to grieve for them whilst they are still alive and then grieve for them all over again when they finally die, even though this may come as a relief for them.

Over the past few years we have been running a support group for those who are caring for people with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.  The group offers a place where people can share and talk through their feelings about what they and their loved ones are going through, and swap practical advice about nursing homes and resources in the Borough. 

The group is open to all, irrespective of faith, and meets on the first Monday of every month from 8:15pm in St Giles church.  There is no fee for the meeting.

If you would like more information please contact The Rector on 01689 856931 or email . Caring can be a very stressful and isolating experience, so why not come along and get some support.

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