13 May 2016: Launch of SeeSaw film produced by The King's Fund

SeeSaw was one of 10 winners at this year's GSK Impact Awards. As part of our prize, the following video was produced by The King's Fund. The film was shown for the first time at the awards ceremony at the London Science Museum on 12 May. Please take a look to find out more about our work with children in Oxfordshire.  

2016 GSK IMPACT Awards: SeeSaw from The King's Fund on Vimeo.

11 May: Invitation to volunteer support worker information evening

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer support worker for SeeSaw we would like to invite you to come along to an information evening to find out more about what is involved.

You will hear from an existing support worker about what it is like to work with bereaved children and you will see a video in which young people talk about how it feels to live without someone they love in their lives.  We will also tell you about the application and interview process and the training programme you will undertake to equip you to become a volunteer support worker for us.  Please also read the attached information which will give you an overview from which you can decide whether you wish to attend the information evening to find out more.

We are holding two information evenings for you to choose from:

Tuesday 24th May or Wednesday 8th June 2016
6.00 – 7.30 pm
SeeSaw Bush House 2 Merewood Avenue Oxford OX3 8EF

Parking is available either at Thornhill Park and Ride or Sandhills School Terrett Avenue.

If you would like to attend, please confirm which evening you will be attending by Thursday 19 May by emailing info@seesaw.org.uk. We look forward to hearing from you. 

18 April 2016: SeeSaw wins GSK IMPACT Award for work supporting bereaved children and young people.

Seesaw has won a GSK IMPACT Award, a national award run in partnership with The King’s Fund that recognises excellence in charities improving health and wellbeing in their communities. SeeSaw beat more than 400 organisations to win the accolade and £30,000 in funding. Seesaw will receive its prize at a ceremony held at the Science Museum in London on Thursday 12 May, along with nine other winners. An overall winner, who will receive a further £10,000, will be revealed on the night.

Lisa Weaks, Third Sector Manager for The King's Fund said: "This is an important small charity putting the needs of bereaved children at the heart of the organisation. Despite limited resources it clearly works hard to provide appropriate timely and personalised support at a time when young people are at most need. The number of schools it is working in is very impressive. This award is clear recognition of the important work it does."

For further information, please see the press release. You can also listen again to the Howard Bentham show on BBC Radio Oxford to hear our director, Helen Mackinnon, and father of 2 Alec talking about what the award means, and Alec's experience of bereavement and being a sole parent (skip to 02:31:00 for the 15 minute SeeSaw interview). 

7 April 2016: SeeSaw awarded grant from Global’s Make Some Noise 

We are thrilled to announce that SeeSaw has been awarded a grant of £30,000 from Global’s Make Some Noise - a national charity that helps change young lives. The charity supports small but brilliant projects across the UK, which help youngsters and their families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity. 

Global's Make Some Noise said "[we are] delighted to support SeeSaw. We're big fans of the service they provide. We’re passionate about giving a voice to small charities who find it hard to get heard, and we look forward to hearing about the difference that the team at SeeSaw will make with our grant.”

The grant will help SeeSaw to continue to provide support services to grieving children across Oxfordshire, from one to one sessions with children in the home to group family activity days. SeeSaw’s aim is to give bereaved children in difficulty the support they need, so that they can move forward and face the future with hope. 

Publication: What happens when someone dies?

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. You can watch this video for more information about SeeSaw's work. 

'What happens when someone dies? A book for adults and children to share together’ was 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.