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The Alder Centre (Sefton)

Address: Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust, Eaton Road, Liverpool, L12 2AP
Telephone: 0151 252 5391 


The Alder Centre is based at the Alder Hey Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

It provides services for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age ( ranging from miscarriage to adult children ) and for any reason, including stillbirth, termination, accidental,  violent or suicidal death and death following acute or chronic illness.

The Alder Centre works in a way that is based on including all and recognising individual differences. Some people prefer the comfort and guidance of other bereaved parents and others that of qualified and trained professionals. The Centre provides both types of support.

The service works directly with bereaved parents and also extended family members and professionals who have been involved in the child's life.

Attendance is on a purely voluntary basis and all services are free of charge.

Services Provided

The Centre provides a range of services including:

  • Counselling -  provided by a team of fully qualified and experienced counsellors, counselling is offered on a one-to -one, partner or  family basis
  • Sibling Support - this is offered to the brothers and sisters of the dead child in a way which helps them to express their feeling and normalise their loss
  • Group Work - Counsellors run self help groups at the Alder Centre. There are baby loss groups for those who have lost children during pregnancy and up to the age of 1 year, and child loss groups for those whose child was over the age of 1
  • Befriending - this is for people who may prefer  the support of a bereaved volunteer  who is trained in the skill of befriending. All befrienders are themselves bereaved parents
  • Child Death Helpline - the national Child Death Helpline is run by volunteer bereaved parents who are trained and have ongoing support and supervision
  • Book of Remembrance -  this is kept in the Alder Centre for parents to have the name of their child written in and opened  on anniversaries by request.
  • Service of Remembrance - an annual non-religious Candle Service at the city's Anglican Cathedral to remember children who have died
  • Advice and Guidance - this is provided to a range of professionals both locally and nationally over the telephone, and  via Alder Centre publications and support packs which can be bought
  • Training and Development - training programmes are delivered to a range of professionals within Alder Hey Trust and are sold to external agencies. Clinical supervision to staff is also provided

Additional Information

The Alder Centre office Opening Hours are:

Monday to Thursday 9am -5pm; Friday 9am - 4.30pm.

The Child Death Helpline is  a confidential freephone Helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child on 0800 282986.  Callers can be helped in their preferred language via telephone interpreters. The helpline  is open 7 days a week at the following times:

Every evening from                      -  7pm - 10pm
Monday, Thursday and Friday   -  10am - 1pm 
Tuesday and Wednesday          -  10am - 4pm

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