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21st-22nd Sept 2017 - London

25th-26th Jan 2018

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Seasons for Growth Conference and Re-connector – Brunel University 29th June 2017

This exciting conference took place at Brunel University London as the launch of the new charity Seasons for Growth Grief Education introduced the new Trustees and the exciting introduction of latest resources in version 3! The conference was opened by Shikha Sharma,Trustee and Public Health Consultant who outlined the importance of  addressing grief to protect mental health and prevent future problems.

Shikha Sharma introducing the conference

Shikha Sharma introducing the conference

Elaine Tabony, Chair of Trustees shared her experience of attending the conference the day before in Wales, and how wonderful it was to see attendance by so many ‘companions’ who have been delivering the programme for more than 10 years. A compelling feedback from two companions who had finished their most recent groups brought alive the fantastic work that continues in supporting children and young people.

Elaine Tabony speaks to delegates

Elaine Tabony speaks to delegates

This time, following the example from Wales, we invited trained companions as well as a small number of other professionals who have shown an interest at being involved in the future.  In total, more than 40 people attended including a valuable presence of Bereavement Care who are based in the Harrow area covering Harrow and Hillingdon. David Griffiths (Executive Officer). David gave an exceptional talk on the effects of loss and fully appreciated the importance of the work undertaken through Seasons for Growth Grief Education.

David Griffiths presentation on grief

David Griffiths presentation on grief

Thank you to Fiona McCallum new CEO for Australia for her supportive message and thanks to all of you throughout England and Wales. Elaine Tabony then talked about the exciting updated version and recent launch of the Australian website update and how we are working towards this goal.

Here are some of the things fed back on the day.

“Best ever! All very helpful”

“Rewarding to support young people”

“Encouraged by others success stories and how it has benefited children”

“So pleased and thankful to be moving forward”

“Fantastic conference”

“Thank you for your continued support”

“Loved seeing the Australian website”

“Great guest speakers”

“Love the fantastic new resources”

“As a new companion, I felt my eyes open to a host of new ideas – I cannot wait to get started”


  • Elaine Tabony and Tessa Pike Trainers:  Please contact the Seasons for Growth Office via email
  • The next training companion training session will on 21st and 22nd September 2017
  • Please contact Tessa who is doing a fantastic job co-ordinating training and book delivery.

More photos from the day:

Tessa Pike talks about the Seasons for Growth programme

Tessa Pike talks about the Seasons for Growth programme


David Griffiths explains the Lois Tonkin (2007) Circles Model of Grief

David Griffiths explains the Lois Tonkin (2007) Circles Model of Grief


S4G Grief

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