We are so sorry that you find yourself here, but we are very glad you’ve found us.

Pregnancy and baby loss affects all communities, but we know that some can face additional barriers when looking for support. That's why we have created a safe space for black parents, family members and others.

Sands is here to support you for as long as you need and support is available in many different ways

Accessing support

The Sands National Helpline provides a safe and confidential place for anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby. Whether your baby died long ago or recently, we are here for you. The team are available to speak to on the telephone from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday and 6pm to 9pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Please note we are not open during bank holidays unless stated on the website. 

The telephone helpline is free to call from landlines and mobiles on 0808 164 3332.

You can also email the team at helpline@sands.org.uk or you can download our Bereavement Support flyer for Black families and communities.

If you have suffered baby loss and require support or want to know more about our work and how to get involved, please get in touch with me at patrice.dantzie@sands.org.uk

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Patrice and our work to date

Find out more about our dedicated Bereavement Support and Outreach Coordinator for Black Communities and our work to date.
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Online support meetings

We are pleased to provide monthly online support meetings for individuals, couples and families from Black communities to connect with each other.
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You are not alone

An honest conversation about baby loss, mental health and community.

Ryan, a bereavement counsellor, sat down with bereaved dads, Donald and Tunji, as they shared their experiences of loss, men’s mental health and the importance of reaching out for support.
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Support for men

Whether you’re a dad, brother, uncle, grandparent, friend or colleague there is information and support available in many different ways. Sands is here to support you for as long as you need.
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Bereavement support book

Our bereavement support book is now available in multiple languages including Arabic, Bengali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu, Ukrainian, Simplified Chinese and Welsh.
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Listening project

Sands is listening to bereaved Asian and Black parents in order to improve care and save babies' lives. The findings will be shared alongside a national enquiry to provide powerful evidence for improvement.
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Share your stories

Your stories help raise awareness of the issues surrounding stillbirth and neonatal death, and also help other bereaved parents to understand that they are not alone.
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Support our work

There are lots of ways for you to get involved and support us - from volunteering at an event, to campaigning for better services.
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Useful links and organisations

Find out a list of all the organisations that provide culturally competent support.
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