At a time when the need of STARS services for bereaved children has never been more crucial, Cambridge Hub undertook important research to provide powerful and tangible evidence that could help shape the future of our charity.

The remarkable group of Cambridge University PHD students dedicated their time to extensive research identifying the impact of bereavement on the children, young people and families we support. They showed clearly how the work carried out by STARS can mitigate this impact and help the children build up emotional resilience for the future and go on to lead happy and fulfilled lives. 

Isobel Sherlock, Programmes Manager for Cambridge Hub, who arranged and oversaw the entire project said: “One of the highlights of my role is getting to meet and work with local charities that are making an incredible difference in our local community. From the outset, it was clear that STARS play an important role in the lives of young people and were in a position to really benefit from working alongside a team of Cambridge University PhDs. The team were thrilled with the project and worked incredibly hard to deliver in such a short period of time. Working alongside STARS and the student team on the Impact Labs programme has been a wonderful collaboration and I wish them all the best going forward.”

The research by Impact Labs exceeded all expectations, revealing how the children and young people we support would benefit in terms of greater health and wellbeing, and also of the benefits to the wider community. 

“It was an incredible project,” said Anne Streather, Service Manager for STARS. “Our sincere thanks go to the amazing team who carried out this research, which will have a significant positive impact on our ability to survive and develop in the future and meet the increasing needs of grieving children and young people. I would also like to say a real thank you to Cambridge University and to Isobel Sherlock, for all her kind help and encouragement.”

Everyone at STARS feels so privileged and fortunate to have had this wonderful opportunity.