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

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.

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.

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.


Dragon Boat Racing on the Thames - 6th September

This charity fundraising event is based on Dragon Boat Racing and is held on the River Thames at Rye Farm Meadow in Abingdon-on-Thames.  

As well as the racing there are craft stalls, funfair, raffle, children's entertainment, BbQ, tea tent, real ale beer tent and much more.  To enter a team to raise funds for SeeSaw please go to the website here

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials 2015

SeeSaw is thrilled to have been chosen as the charity for this year's Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. Voted Oxfordshire's favourite event it attracts some of the world's leading event riders and horses. Join us for our special 15th Anniversary celebratory event on Friday 18th.  Walk the course with top British event rider Harry Meade and see a specially designed seesaw fence.  The day will include morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea with anniversary cake provided by SeeSaw Patron Raymond Blanc and our friends at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons. Lots of shopping and opportunities to watch the days eventing.  Tickets £85 per head. Full details can be found here

Vitality Oxford Half Marathon - 11th October

This year's Oxford Half starts and finishes in St Giles and the route takes in many of Oxford's loveliest sites and landmarks. To run for SeeSaw please contact Jane Elliott - fundraiser@seesaw.org.uk. £35 to enter, free running vest. Minimum sponsorship £150.  Set up your fundraising page through Justgiving here

An Audience with Raymond Blanc OBE - 22nd October

Join us for a real gastronomic treat at the world renowned two Michelin star restaurant Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in the company of Raymond Blanc OBE on Thursday 22nd October.  Enjoy a Champagne reception followed by an exquisite 5-course dinner with accompanying wines.

This will be a light hearted, relaxed and convivial evening where Raymond will share his personal thoughts following the successes of the TV programmes 'Kitchen Secrets' and 'The Restaurant' and his personal reasons for being a patron on SeeSaw.

This is an exclusive fundraising event and tickets are limited.  The price per person is £250 and Raymond will personally be hosting an auction where you will have an opportunity to win Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at Le Manoir.  Please contact Jane Elliott - fundraiser@seesaw.org.uk for further details and booking.