- Children's Funeral Fund
- The Ministry of Justice has released Technical Guidance relating to the operation of the Children's Funeral Fund for England. The Guidance can be seen here. Further information and the forms for burial and cremation authorities, and funeral directors, to claim from the Children's Funeral Fund, can be found here.
- ICCM Learning Convention and Exhibition 2019
- This year's Learning Convention and Exhibition is being held at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, from 23rd to 25th September. An exciting programme of speakers and special events will feature, together with a large exhibition of suppliers, products and services to the bereavement sector. Download a delegate booking form here.
- North East Branch Meeting
- The next meeting of the North East Branch is being held at Durham Crematorium and Woodland Burial Site on Wednesday 31st July from 10.00 - 13.00. Further details here.
- Nominations for ICCM Deputy President and Director now open
- An opportunity to get involved with the ICCM at Board level to serve members and help set strategic direction. A nomination form for the position of Deputy President can be downloaded here. A nomination form for the position of Director can be downloaded here. Should there be sufficient candidates, elections to both roles will follow with all members being given the opportunity to vote.
- Nominations for Fellows
- The Board of
Directors seeks nominations from the Professional membership for persons, who
in your opinion, are deserving of this award. Further information, including how to nominate somebody, can be found here.
National Medical Examiner Bulletin
- A copy of the June update from the National Medical Examiner can be seen here.
- Wesley Media Award 2019
- Nominations are now being taken for the Wesley Media Award 2019. Details of the award and how to nominate can be found here.
- Fundraising Walk to the Learning Convention and Exhibition
- The ICCM Technical and Member Services Officer, Mat Crawley, is walking from his home in Merseyside to the Convention in Warwickshire, a total distance of 111 miles. He is walking to raise awareness of and money for the charity Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS). You can donate to SOBS by clicking here, and you can read more about Mat's fundraising walk in the Summer edition of the ICCM Journal, or by clicking here.
- Scottish Government: Funeral Director: Code of Practice Consultation
- The Scottish Government has announced the publication of consultation on the Funeral Director: Code of Practice. Please read the Code here, then answer the Consultation questions here. The Consultation will run for just over 12 weeks, until 20th September 2019; answers will be analysed and contribute to a final iteration of the Code, and the Code will be statutory, requiring all funeral directors operating in Scotland to adhere to it.
- New ICCM Technical Services and Journal Officer
- Following a recent recruitment process we are pleased to announce that Sofia Allana will be joining the ICCM Officer team as the new ICCM Technical Services and Journal Officer from 1st October 2019. Sofia's appointment will enable the Officer team to continue to develop and improve member services and ensure that the ICCM remains at the forefront of best practice for the bereavement sector.
- Able Futures
Able Futures Programme is a free scheme being run for the DWP for people in employment who may be struggling with mental health issues. The programme can be accessed via a freephone
number by anyone who is over 16 and in employment. One in four of us is likely
to experience some form of stress, anxiety or depression during our working
lives. This scheme can help. Further details can be found here.
- National Bereavement Care Pathway
- The National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP) aims to improve the bereavement care parents receive after pregnancy or baby loss. It helps professionals to support families in their bereavement after any pregnancy or baby loss. The results of an evaluation of the NBCP, and further information, are available here.
- ICCM Recycling of Pacemakers Scheme
- The ICCM, in association with Orthometals, has launched a scheme to recycle pacemakers removed prior to cremation that will run alongside the ICCM Recycling of Metals scheme. Further information can be found here.
- Cemetery of the Year Awards 2019
- This free to enter competition will run from 31st March to 31st July 2019. As well as existing categories for Small/Medium Burial Grounds, and Large Burial Grounds, this year's competition features three new categories of Parish, Town or Community Council Burial Ground; Natural Burial Ground Provider, and Design and Innovation of Memorials. Entry to the competition can be made online here from 31st March. The Awards will be presented at the ICCM Learning Convention and Exhibition.
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