New home for Loss and Grief Centre

The Loss and Grief Centre (from left) manager Jane Harley, director Caroline Loo and support worker Anne Potter are delighted with the organisation’s new building.

Staff at The Loss and Grief Centre are welcoming the public into their new building.

Situated at 17 The Crescent, the organisation reopened its doors on January 14.

Director Caroline Loo said the change of venue was to be able to cater to the growth of its client base.

The centre offers support for people living with loss and grief of any sort — including grief from bereavement, separation, illness, isolation and other life changes.

‘‘Over the last months with Covid, our service has grown rapidly and that is why we wanted
to find a space which could future proof us.’’

The new building can facilitate 11 contractors, she said.

‘‘Now we have a minimum of five rooms so we can have anyone in at any time. So this opens up more opportunities for us to cater to the needs of our community.’’

Staff were excited and ‘‘a little’’ nervous, she said.

‘‘It is very costly and in a Covid world this is a big commitment and leap of faith, but it shows the extent we will go to meet the needs of ourcommunity. So it’s that trepidation
and excitement.’’

She was grateful to the people and organisation who gave up their time to help with the shift.

‘‘It was a community effort. It’s the unseen things that people do that nobody else will know which makes me continue to just feel proud of our community.’’