Supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby
in the Southampton area

Please note: the June meeting has been cancelled

Who are we?

Southampton Sands (Stillbirth and Neo-Natal Death Charity) supports parents and families in the local area through the experience of losing a baby.

We cover Southampton, Winchester, Eastleigh, the New Forest, Salisbury, and further afield.

The group is run by volunteers who have all originally come to the group for support after their babies died.

Anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby, whether recently or many years ago, is welcome to contact us.

We facilitate group meetings once a month, and also provide support by email, phone and through our closed Facebook group. We have some resources and information, but mostly what you can expect is the kind of understanding that only another bereaved parent or grandparent can have.

We hope to bring together people who have suffered the tragedy of the death of their child to share information, help and support each other.

Support Meetings

Meetings are held on the third Friday of each month, 7:30pm – 9:30pm.

The 2019 dates are as follows:

  • Friday 21st June [CANCELLED]
  • Friday 19th July
  • Friday 16th August
  • Friday 20th September
  • Friday 18th October
  • Friday 15th November
  • Friday 20th December
The venue is:
Room 1
First Floor (BPP Education offices)
Grenville House
Southampton, SO15 1GX

Go up the stairs to the left of Starbucks.

Link to Google Map

The venue is opposite Southampton Central train station, just around the corner from bus stops from both sides of Southampton. There are several car parks within walking distance (the nearest costs £2).

Doors open at 7:15pm and the actual meeting starts at 7:30pm. We have a break in the middle and finish at 9:30pm. Befrienders and volunteers will meet you and assist with making you feel comfortable.

These meetings provide a safe place to talk about our babies that are gone too soon, without worry or judgement. We are all at different stages, but we are all grieving and we may all grieve in different ways too.

We have books that you can borrow, and leaflets to read.

Our befrienders, who have received training from Sands, are on hand to help. If you have never been to a Sands support meeting before, please contact us and we'll happily explain what happens. We hope you can come along and get to meet others and hear their stories and share yours (if you wish).

The support meetings are free of charge, but please remember that our befrienders are not trained counsellors.

Any questions or concerns please contact us.

National Sands

We are part of a national charity (registration 299679). Sands Head Office is in London, and there are local groups all over the country who are able to offer a variety of services to families who need support.

National Sands Website »

Support Us

To support us financially, please use the Southampton Sands Just Giving page

Contact Us

Telephone
07970 981 550 (answerphone or text)
Email
sands.support@hotmail.co.uk
Facebook
Southampton Sands Group