The Ripple Effect is a bereavement navigation service; designed to enable people to access support after the loss of a loved one. The project is designed to help people navigate through the bereavement process by providing emotional and practical support.

In addition to the immediate loss, bereavement can affect every aspect of a person’s life and leave them feeling isolated and adrift. Some friends and acquaintances may struggle to know how to talk about the person who has passed or may stop contact all together.

Many struggle with the practical elements of maintaining a home as their partner may have taken the lead on bill paying, shopping and cooking.

The Ripple Effect provides up to 3 months of one-to-one support and additional group activities in Greenhill, Beauchief and surrounding areas for people experiencing bereavement.

The one-to-one support will concentrate on working with the individual to address practical or emotional needs relating to their loss, whilst the group element will encourage the development of friendships and community activity.

We will listen, hear and respond to people’s needs, worries and importantly, give them time to share their memories but focus on the time ahead.

A monthly bereavement café will provide a meeting point for all elements of the project and will also provide an informal space for co-production.

The ‘ripple effect’ comes when the newly empowered individual shares their skills and confidence with others in the community. These tips and this learning will be shared in a printed resource pack which will form part of the Ripple Effect legacy.

If you are interested in the service and would like to find out more, contact Project Coordinator Janet Browse on the following 0114 258 4489 ext 120 or email [email protected]  for further information and a referral form