Professionals & Training

Our training allows us to share the wealth of experience and expertise we have built up since 1992. We are pleased to share this knowledge to support others whose work brings them into contact with bereaved children and the adults who care for them.

Professionals & Training - Winston's Wish

Training Days

A unique feature of our training is that it is designed and delivered by family services practitioners at Winston’s Wish who work with the whole family, contributing to all the services we offer, and who can, therefore, draw on their own experience of working in a child-focused way with bereaved children and their families.

We blend theory with practice, ensuring that those attending will leave with practical, creative ideas to implement.  This ensures that our training days are clinically based.  Delegates will have an interactive experience using a wide range of teaching methods and will go away with practical ideas for working alongside bereaved children and young people.

Our course evaluations indicate an increased level of confidence in 99% of our training delegates.

“Only after receiving proper training from Winston’s Wish did I feel confidence and purpose in delivering support to children and family members regarding bereavement.  The training gave me a confidence in how best to respond to the most difficult of questions from young people and parents.  The mix of theory and practical activities allow me to shape the support that I deliver, so it meets the needs of the child.  The training empowered me to be able to hear the most difficult of stories and enabled me to know how I can best support the child as they experienced their grief.  Winston’s Wish training should be a must for all staff with a pastoral role.”

Study Day Programme 2017-2018

Study Day -Booking Form 2017-2018

Specialist Training

Winston’s Wish designs training programmes to meet the particular needs of your organisation or group and work closely with you.

After initial contact with our coordinator, we can provide you with a Training Request Information Pack (TRIP) to help you to consider all your requirements and cost and resourcing implications.

We will work with you to ensure that the session will cover all identified aims and learning objectives.

Please download a 2016/17 programme below. For further information please email

“It is not often that all staff walk away from a course all saying how much they enjoyed it, how relevant it was from all angles. The pace of the INSET, the variations of tasks with some opportunity for lighter moments was terrific. Yes it was emotional, draining but also very reassuring.”

Training Request Form 2017-18
Tailor Made Training Programme 2017-2018

Conferences & Seminars

Each year our experienced practitioners participate in many conferences and seminars as guest speakers and workshop leaders.

Our presentations are based directly on our practical experience of supporting bereaved children and their families.

Please contact Cyndi to see which upcoming conferences we are speaking.

Download a Request Form to capture your Conference or seminar requirements.

Winston’s Wish Consultancy Services

Winston’s Wish can also provide a consultancy service to those who may be developing bereavement services or would like to set up local training and support.  Please contact us on 01242 515157 or email to discuss your individual requirements

Information for Professionals

Many professionals come into contact with bereaved children and young people – including members of the health professions, police officers, people within voluntary organisations for young people and many others. Over 40% of calls to the Winston’s Wish Helpline come from professionals seeking additional guidance and information as they support bereaved children and young people.  Some of these professionals will have received some bereavement guidance to help them provide appropriate support to a grieving child. Others won’t receive any special training to prepare them for this role.

We also have a range of publications and resources that may be of interest on our online shop.

Over 40% of calls to the Winston’s Wish Helpline come from professionals seeking additional guidance and information as they support bereaved children and young people.

Get in touch with our team