The aim of The White Lily Centre is to provide free bereavement support to the people of Southampton and surrounding areas in the form of individual bereavement counselling, groups, education and social activities. We endeavour to work seamlessly with other agencies and organisations to enhance the much needed local provision for those who have experienced the death of someone close to them.
The White Lily Centre is the culmination of a long-held dream of our founder and sponsor, Jonathan Terry. More than 20 years running his business as a funeral director had made him acutely aware of the need for affordable bereavement support in the Southampton area. When, finally, the opportunity arose to purchase a suitable property, Jonathan grabbed it and The White Lily Centre became a reality! The centre has two spacious counselling rooms, a large comfortable lounge and a meeting / café area, allowing the flexibility to provide one to one counselling and groups of various sizes as well as casual “drop in” sessions. It also acts as a base for organising a busy programme of social events and outings, as well as our community outreach activities. These include talks to local businesses and community groups, assisting at events etc. The rooms are also available for use by other, specialist bereavement support organisations by arrangement.
The White Lily team
Here at The White Lily Centre we have a small core team of staff, supported by an army of dedicated trainees, helpers and volunteers. We are truly grateful to our kind and compassionate supporters, without whom we would not be able to provide the services we do.
Prof. Dip Psy C MNCS (Accred.) MBACP
Margaret is the Director of The White Lily Centre. An experienced psychotherapist and trauma therapist, she leads our bereavement counselling team, as well as overseeing the running of the centre. Margaret also enjoys leading our Grief Journey groups and our educational outreach programmes.
Social Events Co-ordinator
Anne is our Social Events Coordinator. She edits our quarterly newsletter and organises our social events, including coffee mornings and annual coach excursions, ably assisted by a fabulous team of volunteers.