HBBS (Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service) is a local ‘not for profit’ organisation which was founded in 1989. We offer a professional and confidential counselling service to local adults, young people and children. In the first instance our work was primarily addressing issues relating to bereavement but over the years we have diversified our work in response to the needs of local people and now offer generic counselling to support people of all ages with a wide range of issues. However, our bereavement support work continues to be important to us.
Our work covers not only the Havering and Brentwood areas, but also extends to Billericay, Wickford, Laindon, Pitsea and Basildon areas and we have access to counselling rooms across this geographical area.
We employ a systematic grant application strategy, seeking at least one significant funder each year. These have included Children In Need, Big Lottery and City Bridge Trust amongst others. These are supplemented with smaller grants, donations and fundraising. Annually we organise a team for the Brentwood Half Marathon and Fun Run, a Golf Day and a Ball, plus a couple of family evenings eg Bingo or Race Nights. Individuals also organise events such as a Paris to Upminster Bike Challenge, Boxing Nights and Sky dive.
We are also appreciative of the efforts not only of our ‘Friends of HBBS’ group, but also individual donations.
If you wish to make a donation, please contact the Finance Department on 01708 716870.
There are a range of opportunities if you wish to volunteer for HBBS.
We offer volunteer placements for students currently studying for counselling degrees. Also, there is the opportunity to work in our office, help organise or participate in events or even join our Governing Body. Please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone on 01708 716870 if you would like further information.