Volunteers sought in Grantham to support bereaved people at inquests

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Volunteers are being sought in Grantham to help bereaved families and witnesses who attend inquests.

They will work with the Coroners’ Courts Support Service (CCSS) to help people cope with hearing often harrowing details about a death.

Those who offer their services are trained to offer emotional and practical support and to explain the procedures of a hearing.

Beverley Radcliffe, director for CCSS, said: “It is important that bereaved families and witnesses are treated as individuals and as such will have individual needs when attending the coroner’s court.

“Our volunteers are skilled at communicating with people who may be experiencing anxieties or may have concerns relating to attending the inquest.

“By being able to respond appropriately giving practical help and information about the process of the inquest the volunteers can help families and witnesses better understand their role and to help them feel part of the process as opposed to feeling as though everything was happening around them without any control.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at inquests in Lincolnshire is invited to email info@ccsupport.org.uk for an application pack.

Donations are also sought to support the initiative, which has helped more than 171,000 bereaved family members and witnesses since 2003. Email www.coronerscourtssupportservice.org.uk to donate.