Reading residents will be able to access free, informal peer-to-peer bereavement support from next month.

Sue Ryder is to launch its brand-new Grief Kind Space, operating weekly in-person drop-in sessions held in the local community and run by trained volunteers.

The sessions provide a safe, informal and supportive place for people to come together and share their experiences of grief, helping attendees to feel heard and less alone.

The new Grief Kind Space in Reading opened on Wednesday, November 1 between 10am and 12pm at Sheeplands Garden Centre, Hare Hatch, London Road, Reading, RG10 9HW.

Amanda Dean from Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice said: “We have seen such an incredible impact from our Grief Kind Space in Thatcham, it is amazing to be part of somewhere where we are seeing people make connections and open up about their experiences of grief.   

“Quite often people feel like they are a burden speaking about their grief to friends or family, but our Grief Kind Spaces help remove that feeling, so people can talk, listen to others who might be experiencing the same as them, and gain support."

As the Grief Kind Spaces grow, the charity is on the lookout for more local volunteers to join them and help make a difference like volunteers Ed Grehan and Val Buckland.

Attendees are invited to pop along, no registration is needed. For details visit