Nicky’s Way supports children and young people aged five to 18 who are bereaved due to any cause of death. Children under five will be supported via the parent/guardian or within their family unit – not individually.
One-to-one counselling or support sessions are available and there are also therapeutic bereavement groups running throughout the year. These groups provide peer support and friendship alongside the therapeutic work in a creative and fun setting.
Pre-bereavement referrals are accepted when someone significant to a child or young person has a life-limiting illness.
Nicky’s Way referrals are accepted from six weeks after the death. However, a consultation call before this time is up may be offered.
After referral to Nicky’s Way a telephone consultation is held with the child’s parent/carer, followed by an assessment appointment with the child. With the help of our Nicky’s Way Co-ordinator the child can decide what sort of support they want. Nicky’s Way offers up to eight sessions with provision to add further sessions if appropriate.
Nicky’s Way also offers training and support to professionals, parents and carers who are helping children and young people work through their grief.