The New Normal is a charity set up to help connect young adults who are struggling through grief from bereavement. Their goal is to reach as many people who need support as they can, providing the space for those who need it most.
Here we have an interview with their co-founder, Ben May.
1. What is your organisation called and what does it do?
The New Normal - a charity set up to help connect young adults who are struggling through grief from bereavement.
2.What are the biggest challenges your organisation faces – now and in the coming years?
Being able to reach as many people who need us as we can. Making sure that we can help people outside of major towns and cities. Providing the space for those who need it most.
3. Please can you describe something that you’ve learnt or that has surprised you during the COVID-19 crisis, if anything?
The impact of loss from others on our own experiences and how triggering news reporting has become for so many. As a charity we have been able to still connect with our users through video meetings and calls and the number of people who are suffering is huge. Though people may not be losing someone newly they are experiencing a reoccurrence of their own grief from watching so much death around them and in the wider communities.
4. What message do you most want businesses at Broadgate to remember from your blog?
That in your darkest moments we are always there to offer the support you need and that you are never alone in your grief journey.
5. What are your hopes for the future?
To normalise conversations around grief and for people to acknowledge their sadness and be open and honest about how they feel as a consequence of their loss, and in return for their family, friends and co-workers to be able to listen and not feel uncomfortable.
6. Is there anything else, not covered above, that you particularly want to highlight
The New Normal was created by friends who had a common interest and that was to simply talk about the fathers they had lost. In having these honest and open discussions they realised the impact that their conversations had on themselves and one another. In realising this the support groups were formed for adults to share openly and honestly without judgment just how they felt and what they were experiencing. We, as a charity, endeavour to give that platform to whomever seeks it and needs it.
If you would like to get in contact or find out more information about 'The New Normal' please visit their website - https://www.thenewnormalcharity.com/