Heartwarming welcome for loss

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Residents struggling to come to terms with family loss or bereavement can now share their experiences and find help among friends.

All thanks to a team of volunteers at the King’s Table who are offering a safe haven in hope of making a difference to anyone in need across Kenilworth.

Their Heart 2 Heart service is now on offer at the Warwick Road cafe, offering up weekly space for people to speak about their feelings and experiences as well as reflecting on their situations with others.

The team of volunteers behind the project explained they had the idea after finding themselves regularly talking to cafe customers who has suffered loss but had nowhere to go and no support network to help them through.

To tackle the problem, the committed friends set up and began to run the drop-in centre and offer a new service.

There are now 16 trained volunteers thanks to help from Kenilworth Churches Together - and their weekly sessions are wide-reaching.

The team are now inviting people to come along and meet them to find out more, while having a chat over a free cuppa.

A statement read: “Heart 2 Heart provides a safe environment where people are given the opportunity to talk over their feelings to a friendly ear.”

The team explained that sessions are open to all - from people who have experienced various forms of bereavement to job losses and house, poor health, relationship breakdowns or children leaving home.

The free service is open at The King’s Table every Monday morning from 10am to midday, as well as the first Monday evening of each month from 7pm to 8.30pm.

All volunteers receive training in listening skills and about bereavement and can, if needed, refer residents onto counsellors.

The King’s Table is a Christian run charity cafe, but offers help and support to people of all beliefs and religions.

Contact the team on 07957 429072 or just drop in to find out more.

The church-based cafe is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 9.30am and 4.30pm each day.