Alfie’s Squad Kicks Off Pilot Programme

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After five years of hard work and determination, the first welcome meeting of the pilot group for Alfie’s Squad – a CIC supporting children bereaved by suicide – has taken place.

Alfie’s Squad is currently providing weekly sessions at The People’s Place, supporting individuals aged 7 to 17 who have been bereaved by suicide or self-inflicted death. This is in partnership with Everton in the Community.

The 8-week programme includes a wide range of activities such as sports, quiz nights, art sessions and exciting trips, as well as providing a safe space to make friends and find solace in the company of peers who share similar experiences.

Led by fully qualified staff from Everton in the Community, the hour-long sessions are split into two age groups with one focused on children of junior school age (7-11) and a secondary school group (12-17).

The idea for Alfie’s Squad came in 2017, after 8-year-old Alfie lost his dad to suicide. Motivated by his own experience, He wrote to Everton Football Club to ask if they would help him to fundraise for those less fortunate than him and worked with his mum, Allison Furlong – MWOTY’s 2023 Woman of Courage – to establish a much-needed peer support group for children who, like himself, had been bereaved by suicide.

After Alfie lost his dad, Allison found that dedicated support of this kind for children was not available anywhere in the UK. Alfie set about developing the idea himself and has raised over £30,000 to fund it.

Speaking of the first sessions, Allison said: “Alfie was a 9-year-old little boy when he presented his plans to Everton in the Community. Over the past 5 years, it would have been easier for him to just get on with his own life, but he was determined to make his plans a reality as he was so worried about all the other bereaved children who had nowhere to turn to.

“Last month, at the grand old age of 14, his years of planning and fundraising were rewarded with the launch of our pilot group for children and their families. I nearly burst with pride when the parents were thanking Alfie for getting the group started.

“He still doesn’t really get what all the fuss is about, and he told me afterwards that nobody needs to thank him. He is just doing what needs to be done. I am so proud of him, and we are both determined to help as many young people as possible.”

With the pilot programme underway at The People’s Place, referrals are already being taken for a new cohort of Alfie’s Squad, with the next programme expected to start on Thursday 2nd November 2023.

If you would like to refer a child into Alfie’s Squad, the process is very simple. All you have to do is fill out the referral form below and a member of the team will contact you within 72 hours to arrange for you and your child to attend a triage session with a counsellor.

The triage is necessary to make sure that Alfie’s Squad is the best way for you to support your child at this point. The form is simple, and the triage process is completed in a sensitive manner.

If you would like to refer yourself to our adult group, please contact us and we will get back to you and  talk you through what to expect and answer any questions you may have.

To find out more about Alfie’s Squad and the referral process, visit:


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