Children’s Bereavement Service

YMCA Children’s Bereavement Service provides counselling and support for children and young people living on the Isle of Wight who have experienced the death of someone close to them.

We offer a free and confidential service, taking a variety of approaches and offering a different number of sessions depending on the needs and experiences of each young person.

What we offer

We offer you a safe place where you can work with a qualified counselling therapist and can share your concerns or worries.  We won’t judge you or tell you what to do, but will help you to work out how to cope with your thoughts and feelings related to your grief.  We will also help you to realise that grief is a normal reaction to losing someone that you know and we won’t medicalise your responses.

How we can help

  • A space for you to talk and be heard.
  • We can talk to other people in your life and explain to them how grief often works and impacts young people.  It may be that it would help you if we talked with your family or your school.
  • We can help you if you have experienced the sudden death of someone close to you through accident or suicide.
  • We can look at whether you need extra help if you are struggling with feelings of being traumatised.
  • We can look at a whole range of emotions with you such as, anger, guilt, fear, relief or feelings that you are to blame.

How you can contact us

Anyone can refer, including self-referral, with family, friends and community groups also welcome to contact us for information.  Contact us now on 01983 861072 or

We are based at YMCA Winchester House in Shanklin and can be accessed by the numbers 2, 3 and 8 Vectis Buses, with the number 3 dropping you right to our door.  We are open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm and also offer sessions at some island schools and other centres.  Wherever possible we try to offer appointments around school hours for GCSE, A Level or College students.