Supporting anyone affected by the tragic death of a baby

07513 295504

Befriending and Group Meetings

What is a befriender?

A befriender is a volunteer who has been personally affected by the loss of a baby and has received specialist training to offer confidential support to others.  When you contact our helpline, you will be asked to leave a message and a befriender will ring you back.  Befrienders can also be contacted via email.  Our befrienders include mothers, fathers and grandparents.

Group Meetings

Our group support meetings are led by Sands befrienders. You are welcome to join us from 7.15pm for refreshments and to have a look at the basket of support books that we have available to borrow.

With the meeting starting at 7.30pm, befrienders will share their stories and experiences and you will be invited to share your story if you wish, or you may just want to come and listen to others to begin with.  Attending your first meeting can be emotional, so please don’t feel pressured to let us know you are planning to come; you are welcome to just turn up.

Group meetings in 2018, at
St Edburg’s C of E Primary School ,Pioneer Way, Bicester are:

!PLEASE NOTE – our Bicester venue may soon be changing – watch this space!

Wednesday 5th September
Wednesday 3rd October
Wednesday 7th November
Wednesday 5th December

Parking is available opposite in the school, in the fenced area and just before the school on the same side of the road.

(PLEASE NOTE – the postcode for the school is incorrect! Please don’t use it! If you turn into the road with the Premier Inn at the entrance and follow it down- you will get to the school)

Any questions – please get in touch with us on our befriender phone number 07513 295504.

Next Group Meeting

Wednesday 5th September


at St Edburg’s C of E Primary School , Pioneer Way, Bicester .




We will be holding a Bottle Tombola at the Bloxham Steam Rally on Sunday 24th June for Sands Awareness Month. Baby death is still a taboo subject. At Sands- we want to change that. The Finding the Words campaign aims to help anyone sensitively start a conversation with someone whose baby has died. To help… Continue Reading

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