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Kyra Women's Project

by Nicola Winter in York, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 21st September 2021 we successfully raised £3,425 ( + est. £6.25 Gift Aid ) with 136 supporters in 41 days

To provide specialised bereavement support for women who have experienced significant loss, to enable them to start enjoying life again.

by Nicola Winter in York, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

COVID has unleashed a tsunami of loss. The Loss Group aims to rebuild wellbeing and confidence.  If we raise more money, we will be able to help even more women and run double the sessions. For example,  B.  who was heartbroken following the loss of her mother. Her grief had been complicated by the fact that their relationship had broken down a year prior to the death. COVID had meant that she had not been able to see her mother much before she died. She came to the courses and said: “It was a very difficult journey, I felt I couldn’t cope, but the support I received made all the difference.”

Kyra is a women-only centre open to all women living in York and its surrounds. It is a safe place where vulnerable women (members) can feel at home. Each year we support 500 members to recover from anxiety and depression, long-term health conditions, domestic abuse (DA), loneliness, bereavement and loss of confidence (to name but a few). We support women to laugh again, socialise, make friends, learn, grow their skills and confidence, build a community and overcome adversity. Members are referred by GPs, local authorities, mental health providers, and other community/voluntary service providers.

Over the last 18 months, many people have had to grieve alone, or only with immediately family – who are also grieving – to support them. They have missed out on wider community support. Kyra wants to support them to work through their loss and free them up to start enjoying life again. Tools for coping with loss will positively impact the families of those who learn them, husbands, children, work colleagues will all benefit from someone able to navigate and express their grief.

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