Who we are

Our Aims

Our aim at SLOW is to provide an informal, quiet place  for bereaved families.  Our members say that our groups provide a safe haven, a place to take time-out from the demands of the ‘outside world’ at a time when life has been irrevocably changed by their child or sibling’s death.

We know that the death of your loved one affects every aspect of your life, including relationships with family, friends and the world at large.  SLOW is a place to be just as you are and take strength from the support of others, before returning to daily life and its challenges.

We understand that there is no rush when grieving. Changes may happen imperceptibly slowly to the outside eye, but time and again, we see our members as they move slowly forwards, step by step and learning to adjust to a different life. And, eventually perhaps, they find a way to walk alongside their child or sibling, not in physical life but by cherishing their memories and living with their legacy in innumerable ways.

We understand that life will never feel the same again, and that our loved ones will be forever missing.

Listening to bereaved families has shown us that gradually life may begin to offer different perspectives, different values, different strengths and different relationships and, most importantly, a deep and continuing bond with our child and sibling who has died.

Background

SLOW came about in 2007, when two bereaved mothers, Nicola Whitworth and Susie Hanson, decided to provide a space where other bereaved parents could meet, take time out, have a cup of tea or just be with others who felt isolated in their grief. SLOW started offering support with small weekly daytime groups based in Islington and numerous bereaved parents found comfort in the groups and made lasting friendships.

In 2013, in response to member feedback, SLOW introduced quarterly creative workshops for bereaved siblings. Five year later and SLOWsibs continues to enable siblings to meet with other bereaved children and share their experiences.

With the help of Lottery funding our North London monthly evening group was introduced in 2014 as another opportunity for bereaved parents to receive support.

SLOW became a registered charity in 2015 and two years later, in 2017 we celebrated our 10th birthday and were also proud recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This award is the equivalent to a MBE and is the highest award that can be made to a voluntary group.

We launched a South London group in the Spring of 2018.  SLOW has continued to grow and our support groups are thriving, in 2021 we introduced an adult sibling support group and Zoom bereaved parent support groups so that we can provide support across the UK. 

Meet the team

SLOW is run today by Nicola Whitworth and Kelly Carter, together with help from facilitators and a large group of volunteers, many of which are bereaved parents who have received support from the charity in the past.

Nicky Whitworth, Co-founder and Facilitator, SLOW Group

Nicola Whitworth

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Nicola Whitworth

Founder & Facilitator

Susie Hanson

Susie Hanson

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Susie Hanson

Founder & Facilitator

Kelly Carter, Business Development Manager, SLOW Group

Kelly Carter

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Kelly Carter

Business & Development Manager

Clara Francis

Clara Francis

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Clara Francis

Facilitator

Erica Stewart

Erica Stewart

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Erica Stewart

Facilitator

Hattie Deards

Hattie Deards

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Hattie Deards

Facilitator

Shushma Jain, SLOWsibs 18+ Facilitator

Shushma Jain

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Shushma Jain

SLOWsibs 18+ Facilitator

Philippa Murray, Trustee, SLOW Group

Philippa Murray

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Philippa Murray

Chair of Trustees

Keiran Hull, Treasurer, SLOW Group

Kieron Hull

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Kieran Hull

Treasurer

Tim Whitworth, Secretary, SLOW Group

Tim Whitworth

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Tim Whitworth

Secretary and Facilitator

Finella Craig, Trustee, SLOW Group

Dr Finella Craig

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Dr Finella Craig

Trustee

Samara Stevens

Samara Stevens

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Samara Stevens

Trustee

Jason Watkins, Patron, SLOW Group

Jason Watkins

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Jason Watkins

Patron

Clara Francis, Patron, SLOW Group

Clara Francis

Clara Francis

Patron

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