How We Began
Alex Gough started with an idea in 2017 that she wanted to start a bereavement charity helping young people who live in Norfolk to cope with the loss of their loved one. In January 2018 her vision became a registered charity called Take Our Hand.
Alex founded the charity following the sudden death of her boyfriend in 2011 when they were both just 19. Having never experienced death before, Alex struggled with her grief and with no one around her who could understand how she was feeling she went looking for support. Unfortunately she couldn’t find a support network of similar people who could understand her pain and so she struggled to cope with her lose alone.
Alex received counselling but felt it was the fundraising and taking part in sporting activities that really helped her deal with her grief and something that still helps her today.
Alex was fortunate to have amazing friends and family around her who tried to help and kept her on the right track, picking her up when she went through very low periods. Being aware that not everyone has that around them and that without those people Alex is sure her life would have taking a very different path she founded Take Our Hand to be that support to young people.
At Take Our Hand we understand how difficult it is to be a young person, so when you add a bereavement to the mix it can have a detrimental effect on themselves and those closest to them. This is why we want to help young people across Norfolk who are going through a bereavement. We believe that all bereavements have an impact on someone's life, be it a parent, friend or colleague, they are all hard to deal with.
We felt that there were already many charities that offer counselling to help someone through a bereavement but there aren’t many offering other ways to help. Which is why Take Our Hand was formed.
We offer support through alternative therapies and through activities such as art, music and gardening. Then last year when Covid hit the world we had to adapt the support we offered so started providing bereavement care packages. These packages have helped to ensure no young person dealing with grief is left feeling alone or isolated with their pain.
We also feel its important for those going through a bereavement to have the support of others who can understand what they are going through. This is why we want to run peer to peer support groups.
We believes there is no time limit on grief and therefore no time limit on the service we provide.
Our project is to run peer to peer bereavement support groups for young people to connect with others who have been through something similar. This is something our young people have asked for as they want to be able to discuss things that other who have faced bereavement will understand. These are things that their friends and family might not get or be things they don't feel they can discuss with them.
By connecting like minded people we hope to be able help them process their grief and allow them to create lasting friendships with those that truly understand what they are going through.
The money raised for this project will be used to provide training to volunteers so they are best equipment to facilitate these sessions, hire rooms for the sessions and provide activities for the young people to attend to get to know each other.
More than ever bereavement support is needed.
Thank you from all of us at Take Our Hand, we really appreciate your support!