Join staff, volunteers, and trustees to explore how we can all work together as one organisation to make more of a difference for bereaved parents and families both now and in the future. Celebrate your work and your achievements. Share your experience, and learn from others. Find out about the new resources developed to support volunteering in Sands.

In 2019 we are taking stock of new and existing opportunities. We are discussing Sands’ new model and new tools available to us, and working together on how to make the best use of them.

What will you get from attending a Working Together day?

  • Recognise Sands’ potential to make a difference and identify your part in making this happen
  • Learn about resources available to Sands’ supporters and volunteers, and how to use them
  • Share and learn from good practice in your region
  • Identify ways to enhance support by basing it on Sands Bereavement Support Model

Who are the Working Together days for?

All volunteers and supporters of Sands – please register your attendance in advance

These events are an excellent opportunity to include anyone interested in getting more involved with Sands – please share this link

Upcoming Networking Days:

  • 29 Jun - Leeds
  • 6 Jul - London
  • 21 Sep - Northern Ireland
  • 5 Oct - Cardiff
  • 19 Oct - Birmingham
  • 26 Oct - Aberdeen

What do I need to know before attending?

  • Travel expenses can be claimed back from your group
  • Lunch and refreshments will be provided
  • Further details specific to each event are found on the registration pages

Outline agenda

  • Act of remembrance
  • Sands as the voice of bereaved parents
  • Learning from excellence across your region
  • Networking fair
  • Using a shared financial model to make a difference
  • Supporting volunteers with the right resources
  • Sands bereavement support model
  • Joint messaging – to Bereaved Parents, Government, and Fundraisers

Testimonials 

Here's what volunteers have said about regional days in 2018

Janine, Treasurer of Fife Sands said:

“At the Networking Day, I enjoyed getting to see some of the other volunteers, and meeting Sands staff, putting faces to names I’ve seen in emails. It was of great benefit to meet people from across the network, and see how other groups do things and sharing ideas to try ourselves. I found out what’s happening in the wider area, and not just focussing on Fife.”

“Clea Harmer (Sands Chief Executive) is such a passionate speaker, and really energises everyone. It’s good to find out how much good has been done across the country, and it’s very inspiring. When volunteering, your energy starts to flag, but going to a Networking Day galvanises you and gives you new energy to keep going.”

Jane, Befriender and committee member for Cheshire East Sands, who attended the Networking Day in Birmingham in June, said:  
“This was my second network day. I enjoyed getting together with other groups and speaking to people from head office, and seeing how we link and work together. It was great to find out what is happening in the world of Sands.  It was so useful to share practical ideas between groups, each other and head office. We were looking for memorial event ideas and love the idea of a bubble release.”

Hilary, Treasurer for Bristol Sands, who attended the Networking Day in Bristol in June, said:
Image removed.“I always find it inspiring to meet Clea and witness her passion and drive to improve what Sands can achieve. It's great to hear about the big picture of National Sands. There is so much more going on than just the local groups. It helps to understand and appreciate how hard it is to oversee it all when each group has their own idiosyncrasies but also need to be part of the whole network.
It's an opportunity to meet the volunteers from other areas and hear about the great work that is going on. It's good to share all our fantastic ideas and adapt things we learn from others and make them work in our area. It is also good to hear about projects that have been completed that are similar to those that we are about to embark on - helps us get an idea of what to do and learn from any mistakes. We can take the best bits from other projects!
Meet staff - it’s so lovely to put a face to a name and it makes it feel much more personal. The staff are also passionate about Sands, just like us bereaved parents and volunteers. Everyone is desperate to improve and reach our core aims.
The Networking Day made me feel enthusiastic for the future and inspired to achieve locally and further afield as part of the collective network. I can't wait to attend Sands conference in November and be involved in more discussions and continue to feel part of Sands and all the amazing things we achieve together.”