Sands was founded in 1978 by a small group of bereaved parents devastated by the death of their babies, and by the total lack of acknowledgement and understanding of the significance and impact of their loss.
Sands became a registered charity in 1981 with a small network of 50 support groups.. Today Sands has over 100 support groups in 10 Networks across the UK. Sands Northern Ireland Network is part of the UK Sands Network.
Sands 3 Aims
SUPPORT: Sands NI has a Network Coordinator based in our regional office in Portadown. The Network Coordinator supports the work of the Sands Befrienders in the 10 support groups currently active in the Northern Ireland Network. The support groups offer monthly support to bereaved parents across Northern Ireland. The support groups are relaxed, informal and most importantly, safe places where parents can talk openly about their loss with SandsNI Befrienders, themselves bereaved parents trained by Sands UK.. We hold Memory Box making sessions in our regional office where bereaved parents can assemble a memory box like the one given to them following their loss. These are emotional and cathartic sessions for parents.
IMPROVING CARE: Sands NI provides Improving Bereavement Care training to health professionals in Northern Ireland. We hold an annual bereavement conference for health professionals in association with the Royal College of Midwives in Belfast. We also provide bereavement photography training in association with Gifts of Remembrance photography. We are also committed to providing each of the 5 acute NI hospitals with a fit for purpose bereavement suite.
RESEARCH: SandsNI has donated a total of £70,000 to the SandsUK research fund in the past 18 months. This money will be used to promote and fund research that could help reduce the loss of babies lives.
For further information contact Steven Guy at
82 Thomas Street,
Portadown, BT62 3NU
Tel: 028 3839 2509