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Residential Weekends

I’ve enjoyed making friends and meeting people in my situation. ...
A huge part of our Mosaic support are the residential weekends. Seeing how much the children gain from this experience and learning the skills to be able to move forward with their lives is priceless.

Who can come to a Residential Weekend?

Children and young people aged between 5 and 18yrs who have had individual support from Mosaic because someone close to them has died.

How much does it cost?

The weekend is free for all children and young people who have had individual support from Mosaic.

What happens during the Weekend?

The weekend is filled with activities. Everyone is in small groups with others of their own age. We talk about your special person, exploring some of the feelings you may have and we have fun activities like archery and teambuilding games. It is good fun and everyone enjoys meeting others.

A Weekend of adventure, fun activities, making new friends and remembering loved ones...

Billy's Big Weekend Plan

Here's what usually happens on a Mosaic Resdidential Weekend

Our weekend begins with our volunteers and a van full of resources arriving at Leeson House near Swanage ready for the weekend ahead.

The first job is to unload the van and start making beds for children and adults!

After preparing the rooms and going through the programme for the weekend, dinner is ready and then time for a final check and a relaxing evening before trying to get a good night’s sleep!

We usually get an early start on Saturday morning and wait for the children to arrive. After 'goodbyes' to their parents and carers, the children are given a Mosaic sweater and beautiful handmade quilt before being taken to their bedrooms to drop their bags and choose their beds.

Introductions done, the children start their teambuilding activities - archery, obstacle course, craft making and games.

By lunchtime, new friendships are made and after lunch each group spends time talking about the person they have come to remember and what happened. It is then time for more fun activities like football and 'Hoola hooping'.

After dinner we hold our candle ceremony where everyone lights a candle and remembers their loved one. This is an emotional part of the weekend, but children often tell us it is the most special part.

The children and volunteers then take part in night orienteering before hot chocolate and bed.

Parachute games or aerobics kick off Sunday morning, followed by work on anger and feelings. After more fun activities and lunch, it's time for parents and carers to return and watch short presentations by the groups about their weekend.

During the weekend, the parents also meet on a separate site and talk about their concerns for their children, understand some behaviours are a normal reaction to the death of a loved one and get the chance to make new friends and share their experiences.

Every child we work with is invited to the weekend. Each weekend is funded by donations, fundraising and grants.

If you would like to find our more about volunteering or making a donation, please contact us.

What Children & Young People think of our weekends

“I enjoyed the archery and talking about my Mum, the food was good too”

“This weekend has been great for all of us. It’s taught us different skills to help with our emotions. We’ve learnt about anger and what to do with it, so we don’t hurt ourselves and others. We are all leaving today feeling a lot better and with a lot more friends who understand what we are going through”

“I enjoyed the candles; it was good remembering my dad and meeting other children who have had their Dad die”

"It is the first time I have cried since my Dad died – it felt really good" (15yr old boy after the candle ceremony, Dad died 2 years ago)