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If you have lost a loved one, you may find that others Late Spring who have lost a loved one can offer valuable comfort and support.

Late Spring is a network of support groups for anyone aged 60+ who has been bereaved. Sessions provide an opportunity to remember with others who understand and to remember that, in the midst of the pain, there is still life left to live.

About Late Spring

We are not a counselling service, but an opportunity for people to meet with others in a warm, friendly, and supportive environment.

Each group aims to meet twice a month for a couple of hours in a local venue. Over coffee and cake, together we look to the future without forgetting. Within the groups, we provide an opportunity for you to talk about and remember openly your loved one. These sessions occur in relaxed and friendly settings with others who understand about how being bereaved can make you feel, simply because they are 'feeling it too'.

The groups give you the opportunity to just be 'yourself' as we gently stroll together along the journey we all face following the death of a loved one.

Late Spring groups

Below we have listed each support group that we have running throughout Oxfordshire. If you are planning to join one of the groups for the first time, please call Helen to let them know on 01235 849 434. Or contact the group leader direct on the contact details below.

Abingdon

When: The second and fourth Thursday of each month, 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Where:  9 Napier Court, Barton Lane, Abingdon, OX14 3YT.
Contact: Mandy Richens on 07827 235 429 for more information.

Banbury

When: The 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 10am -11.30am
Where: Wesley Room, Marlborough Road Methodist Church, OX16 5DB
Contact: Paula Donaldson on 07557 038 278 for more information.

Barton

When: The first and third Thursday of each month, 10am-11.30am
Where: St Mary’s Church, Bayswater Road, Headington, OX3 9EY
Contact: Fiona Tracey on 07469 150 669 for more information.

Berinsfield – Starting 17th May

When: The first and third Wednesday of each month, 12pm-1.30pm
Where: Small Hall,  St Mary & St Berin Church, Fane Drive, Berinsfield, OX10 7NE
Contact: Elaine Sawyer on 07827 235 427 for more information.

Burford

When: The first and third Thursday of each month, 10.00am - 11.30am
Where: St Johns Church, Church Lane, Burford, OX18 4RY
Contact: Joan Douglass on 07827 235 453 for more information.

Bicester

When: First session will be on Tuesday 15th November, 10.00am - 11.30am
Where: Residents Lounge, Hanover Gardens (off Manorsfield Road), Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 6DG.
Contact: Paula Donaldson on 07557 038 278 for more information.

Chipping Norton

When: The second and fourth Friday of each month, 10.00am - 12.00noon
Where: Front Room, Highlands, 73 Burford Road, Chipping Norton, OX7 5EE
Contact: Joan Douglass on 07827 235 453 for more information.

Faringdon

When: The second and fourth Monday of each month, 10.30am - 12noon
Where: ‘Small Hall’, Faringdon United Church, Coxwell St, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7H
Contact: Elaine Sawyer 07827 235 427 for more information.

Grove – Starting 15th May

When: The first and third Monday of each month, 10am - 11.30am
Where: Meeting Room at Grove Methodist Church, Main Street, Grove, OX12 7JY
Contact: Elaine Sawyer on 07827 235 427 for more information.

Henley

When: The first and third Monday of the month, 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Where: Christ Church Centre, 46 Reading Road, Henley on Thames, RG9 1AG
Contact: Mandy Richens on 07827 235 429 for more information.

Kidlington

When: The second and fourth Monday of the month from 3pm-4.30pm
Where: Kidlington Methodist Church, Oxford Road, OX5 2BP
Contact: Elaine Sawyer on 07827 235 427 for more information.

Milton-Under-Wychwood

When: The first and third Tuesday of each month, 10.30am - 12.00noon
Where: Wychwood Library, 29 High Street, OX7 6LD
Contact: Joan Douglass on 07827 235 453 for more information.

North Oxford

When: The second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 10.30am - 12noon
Where: ‘The Baptistery’, St Margaret’s Church, St Margarets Road, OX2 6RX
Contact: Tricia Brant on 07964 038 813 for more information.

Southmoor

When: The second and fourth Friday of each month, 10am - 12noon
Where: St John the Baptist Church,  Abingdon Road, Kingston Bagpuize, OX13 5AY
Contact: Mandy Richens on 07827 235 429 for more information.

Thame

When: The second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 1.30pm-3pm
Where: Small Guide Hall at Southern Road, Thame, OX9 2EE
Contact: Elaine Sawyer on 07827 235 427 for more information.

Witney (group 1)

When: The second and fourth Thursday of each month, 10.00am - 11.30pm
Where: The Wesley Room, High Street Methodist Church, Witney, OX28 6HG
Contact: Helen Sollis on 01235 849 434 for more information.

Witney (group 2)

When: The second and last Wednesday of each month, 10am - 11.30am
Where: The Junior Hall, High Street Methodist Church, Witney, OX28 6HG
Contact: Elaine Sawyer on 07827 235 427 for more information.

Asian Ladies Group

When: Every Wednesday, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Where: Woodgreen Leisure Centre, Banbury, OX16 0HS
Contact: Halima Ahmed on 07917 808 445 for more information.

Setting up new groups

This is an unfunded service that relies on support from local groups and businesses.

Age UK Oxfordshire aims to create a network of Late Spring support groups across Oxfordshire that are self-sustaining. Using a proven community development approach, we are looking to engage with both those who have been bereaved and other community groups and organisations that work in this field.

If you feel your area would benefit from having a Late Spring group or if you would like to help us to set up a group in your area, or you would ike to find oit more about providing support for your local group, please contact Ruth Swift, Head of Community Development on 07827 235 404 or email ruthswift@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk.

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