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Community Development

Our dedicated Community Development Team work alongside the diverse communities of the city to identify current barriers that exist and specific community needs around end of life care.

They encourage the co-design of training and new service developments to ensure end of life and bereavement support is more meaningful and accessible for everyone.


Suzanne McArthur and Upjeet Sidhu from our Community Development Team

Bereavement Hubs and training

We believe in empowering communities with the skills and confidence to be able to support a neighbour, friend, relative or work colleague who may be dealing with grief or loss.

Our Community Development Team deliver two-hour training workshops for community organisations, schools, workplaces and many other local groups with the aim of building compassionate communities across the city of Birmingham.

The workshop includes:

  • Understanding bereavement, grief and loss.
  • Impact of grief and secondary losses.
  • Behaviours associated with grief – physical and emotional.
  • Children and grief.
  • Tips and hints on how to support bereaved people.
  • Self-care and the importance of signposting.

Corporate bereavement awareness training

We are keen to help build compassionate workplaces across the city: workplaces that support employees who are living with a terminal diagnosis, caring for someone with a life-limiting condition, or dealing with loss and grief.

Our corporate bereavement awareness training will give you an introduction into some of the theories of bereavement and grief, to help you understand any emotions that people who are dealing with a loss may be feeling.

Within the session you will gain an understanding of:

  • The impact of grief on the individual, the wider family and the workplace.
  • Some of the secondary losses that bereavement can bring to these groups.
  • Conversational tips to help individuals feel more confident in approaching their peers, to share their condolences and offer support.

This training will enlighten you about the impact of grief on the body and mind, and considerations that need to be made to accommodate this in the workplace. Signposting to additional resources will be given at the end of the session.

We are pleased to provide this training and our services free of charge to help you and your organisation support colleagues who are dealing with grief and loss.

To organise a training session, please get in touch with Luke Manley, Senior Community and Business Development Fundraiser, via email:

Birmingham is the UK’s first accredited Compassionate City

The people of Birmingham have been recognised for their compassion in the way communities have supported each other during some of the most difficult times, by being crowned the UK’s first Compassionate City on March 14 2022.

Accredited by Compassionate Communities UK, the key to gaining this recognition is bringing together all areas of the local community, including Birmingham City Council, NHS, schools, cultural organisations and employers, to provide support, space, togetherness and understanding for those undergoing the experiences of death, dying, loss and caregiving.

Birmingham Hospice is an active member of the city network and strives to support the further development of Compassionate Communities.

Get in touch with the Community Development Team

If you’d like to learn more about the work our Community Development Team do, or to enquire about bereavement training for your community group please contact:

Suzanne McArthur, Head of Community Development and Partnerships


Upjeet Kaur Sidhu, Community Development and Inclusion Officer

Email: Telephone: 07966164793

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