Alfie’s Squad is a non-profit organisation founded by 14-year-old Alfie Fitzsimmons. The devastating loss of his father to suicide in May 2017 inspired Alfie to take action and make a difference in the lives of others facing similar challenges.
Our commitment to other children in Alfie’s situation is by offering our unique service utilising team activities in our ‘squads’ to reduce the feeling of isolation, make friends and improve self worth. Our squads are specifically aimed at young people aged 8-16, but will also help parents and carers.
Alfie sadly lost his own father to suicide in 2017. This was the beginning of Alfie’s story. He and his mum, Allison, discovered there was a lack of support available across the country for children. Support tailored specifically for children currently remains absent nationwide.
The core mission of Alfie’s Squad is to raise funds to establish a much-needed support group for children bereaved by suicide. Alfie’s Squad embarks on a journey to provide these young individuals with a safe space to heal, connect, and find solace in the company of peers who share similar experiences.
Through fundraising efforts and community engagement, Alfie’s Squad strives to create a meaningful impact in the lives of children affected by suicide. Alfie has so far raised more than £30,000 to help support other children deal with family bereavement through suicide.
We invite all children bereaved by suicide to join our squad.
We want the children who come to Alfie’s Squad to feel less isolated and improve their self worth. By being in a group of children who have gone through the same or similar experiences, we know they will find strength from each other, and will form strong, lasting bonds. Our children’s support group is all about the children enjoying themselves. Alfie’s vision is that no child will grow up feeling isolated after being bereaved by suicide.
Alfie’s Squad Adults Support Group will run at the same time, and at the same venue as the children’s support group. Whilst there is support already available for adults who have been bereaved by suicide, it can be logistically difficult for parents or carers to attend as they are often evening sessions and in the city centre.
Empathy: Understanding the pain and isolation that children face after the loss of a loved one to suicide is at the core of Alfie’s Squad.
Local connections: Alfie’s Squad is committed to supporting children across the UK, starting with local communities.
Dedication: Improving the lives of children bereaved by suicide is our unwavering dedication.
Responsibility: We take responsibility seriously and strive to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment.