Yo-Yo – Bereavement Support for Children and Young People

Yo-Yo, helping with the ups and downs of loss

The Yo-Yo Project is a Farleigh Hospice service which supports children and young people who are facing a loss or have been bereaved. The service has been open since 2006 and is part funded by BBC Children in Need.

We welcome referrals for children and young people from the age of 4 to 18. Our team of trained counsellors and social worker mostly work with children on a one to one basis. We are a community service that covers the whole of the mid-Essex area. The service also offers information, guidance and support to anyone who is working with children/young people in this situation.

All referrals to the service will be assessed and allocated as appropriate.

Support Work

The team will meet with children/young people and their families to assess their needs and the best course of action. Ongoing work will be discussed and agreed and we work with the child/young person for as long as is felt appropriate. Often Art based activities are used although the team are skilled and use a variety of techniques.


Counselling may be offered to young people who it is felt will benefit from it.

Group Work

At different times of the year we run groups based on the need of the children/young people we are working with or seeking support. Please contact us for further information.


A part of the projects remit is to offer training and education to professionals involved in the working with children/young people. We run training workshops throughout the year for school staff on how to best support bereaved children. Please contact us for details.

Community Outreach

We have been working in conjunction with the Dying Matters programme which is a national initiative to break down some of the taboos in talking about death and dying. Using our Hospice Outreach Project mobile information truck we hold workshops in schools. If you would be interested in us attending your school then please ring and we will be happy to explain further.


Referral to the service can be made by any individual or professional.

We accept referrals when a child/young person is facing the loss of someone significant in their life or for children/young people who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. Click the link below to download the appropriate referral form and criteria.

Referral Form when Someone is Seriously Ill
Referral Form for Bereavement Counselling

Yo-Yo Project Referral Criteria

Contacting Us

If you would like to make a referral or to contact us for information, guidance or advice please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Yo-Yo Project,
Farleigh Hospice,
North Court Road,
T: 01245 457416
F: 01245 457406
E: yoyoproject@farleighhospice.org

To download our leaflet, please click HERE. Information that is shared with the Yo-Yo Project will be treated as confidential unless there is a serious concern about the safety of an individual.This project is part of the Farleigh Hospice service. Farleigh Hospice provides its services free of charge, but as a charity, all donations are gratefully received.

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