Supporting children when someone has died

Oxfordshire journalist Clare Mackintosh has written an article for Parentdish about supporting children following the death of a close family member.  

She looked for support from SeeSaw to help her own family. Helen Mackinnon, Director of SeeSaw, helped her put together advice for parents.  

You can read the article by following this link

Young people supporting SeeSaw

15 young people took part in the National Citizen Service in Bicester and spent 4 weeks working together to raise money for SeeSaw.  Two young people had been supported by SeeSaw when their fathers died when they were at primary school.  See what they did in this short film.

SeeSaw's 15th Anniversary

SeeSaw is celebrating our 15th Anniversary in 2015. Over the years SeeSaw has supported over 4,300 bereaved children and young people in Oxfordshire.  To mark this special milestone we have launched a 15th Anniversary Appeal where people can donate on-line towards our vital work.  Please click here to help bereaved children in Oxfordshire.

A new resource from SeeSaw

Through practical support and understanding, SeeSaw works with children and families to help them manage the difficult times before and after the death of a loved one, and to face the future with hope.

What happens when someone dies?

'What happens when someone dies? A book for adults and children to share together’ written by SeeSaw's Jenny Armstrong.

When someone special dies, it can be a really confusing time for children as they try to understand what has happened, what will happen to that person's body and even where the person is now. 

The book is written for adults supporting children aged 3–11 years at this difficult time. It will also be valuable to help children with special needs. Through photographs and the use of simple language, adults will be helped to explain what happens when someone dies. The book also offers ideas to think and talk about together. 

Please contact us for further information about how to order copies of this book.


Together at Christmas - A time to remember

A special evening of words and music hosted by Paul Mayhew-Archer on Wednesday 9th December at St Margaret's Church, Oxford OX2 6RX.  Music by the Dragon School choir, Kidlington concert band and the Oxford Adventist Choir.  Tickets available from here

Fat Face Wantage - Thanks for Giving Black Friday event

SeeSaw has been chosen as the Fat Face Wantage store's local charity for their Thanks for Giving Black Friday event from 26th to 30th November.  10% of gross profit will be given to a selection of local charities across the UK.  We will be at the store on Saturday 28th November from 11am until 1pm.  Please pop along and say hi.

Cowley Festival of Christmas Trees

'Let's light up Christmas' with the theme the 12 days of Christmas at St James Church, Beauchamp Lane, Cowley from 5th to 13th December.  View the magical display of 50 Christmas trees; enjoy live music; create a decoration on the craft table or enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and cake.

Saturdays 5th & 12th December 10am - 4pm
Sundays 6th and 13th 2pm - 4pm
Mon 7th, Tues 8th and Thurs 10th 2pm - 4pm
Wednesday 9th 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Saturday 5th - Festival Concert 7pm (Tickets £10 and under 14's £5)
Saturday 12th - Family Fun Day 10am - 2pm
Sunday 13th - Christingle Service 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Further information from Lesley Williams - 01865 779562 - email:

SeeSaw Diamond 

Win this stunning Platinum pendant set with the SeeSaw Diamond - a pale green 1/2 carat diamond created from cuttings taken from the seesaw cross country jump at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.

For a chance to win this unique piece, click on Diamond.  Entry is £5 and all proceeds are for SeeSaw.

Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards 2015

SeeSaw is a finalist in the prestigious TVBMA 2015 - Charity of the Year category.  The Awards will be presented at a glittering black-tie dinner to be held at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at the Madejski Stadium, Reading on 19th November. Wish us luck!

Pop-up Christmas Cafe - Lamb Catering

One Day Only - Wednesday 16th December from 7am - 2pm at Lamb Catering, Unit 7 Chancerygate Business Centre, Transport Way, Oxford OX4 6HE.  Bacon baps, pulled turkey baps, soup, warm mince pies and much more.  Outdoor seating and gazebo, fire pits, Christmas music & fairly lights.  Raising funds for SeeSaw