Supporting People after a Traumatic Bereavement for The Foreign and Commonwealth Office​

Training for the professional

D​uring September 2013 we held our first training session for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (F&CO) in Birmingham at Tally Ho! Police training Centre. This involved about 20 consular staff flying over from Brussels, Paris, Curacao, Budapest, Amsterdam, Vienna, Bordeaux, Dusseldorf, Dublin, Marseille, Copenhagen, Berne, Stockholm, Oslo, Prague, Turkey, New Zealand and London to Birmingham. The training lasted for one and half days, and was entitled "Supporting People after a Traumatic Bereavement". The days were a great success and the evaluation forms show how much the F&CO staff appreciated the training.

In early February 2014 we again had about 22 consular staff flown over from Hungary, Norway, Paris, Prague, Curacao, Amsterdam, The Hague, Marseille, Stockholm, Vienna, Germany, Ireland, Brussels, Bratislava, Copenhagen, Berne, to Birmingham in order to attend our training on the "Supporting People after a Traumatic Bereavement". We again ran a very professional few days for them and had excellent feedback from those on the course.

Following on from this Marie Ellis our chair was invited to attend a conference in Madrid which was hosted by the British Ambassador to Madrid and was attended by many of their staff from all over the world. Marie was also an honoured guest at a reception at the Ambassador's residence in Madrid and then the next day she ran 4 workshops at the conference.

On 25th February 2014 Marie and Rose Dixon CEO of SAMM were flown over to Madrid to run a two day course for the F&CO staff from all over the continent. This training was held at the British Embassy in Madrid and both the Ambassador and deputy Ambassador were pleased to meet them and thanked them for organising the training for their staff. Again the evaluation forms are excellent. One consul stated that she had been working for the F&CO for 31 years and had attended many training days but the SAMM one was the most useful one she had ever attended and felt it equipped her to deal with bereaved families.