June is Sands Awareness Month when we can all come together and raise awareness of miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death and the importance of support for those who experience the death of a baby through pregnancy or shortly after.
Every year in Queensland around 700 families face the heartbreak of stillbirth or neonatal death. Many thousands more will experience early pregnancy loss. Sands Queensland exists so parents don't have to navigate this terrible time alone.
This year we are launching our 'Go purple for Sands' event to raise the profile of Sands in the community. We need your help to reach out and make sure these families, and the professionals that support them, know about the support Sands offers and know they are not alone.
How you can help raise awareness
Turn Facebook purple by changing you profile picture or banner to our customised graphics.
Download 'Go Purple' profile picture HERE
Download 'Go Purple' Facebook banner HERE
'Go Purple' for a day at you work or school, asking your collegues to do the same. You could collect a gold coin donation or sponsor a Sands Resource Gift.
Ask your local Doctors office, Women's Centre, Hospital or other care services if they would display the Sands Services poster or would be interested in Sands Support Brochures. You can download copies at the link below or request copies from our head office.
Download Sands Support Services Poster HERE
Browse Sands Support Brochures HERE
Contact our head office and request a Sands Professional Pack, containing a copy of each brochure.
Help Sands get resources out to the parents who need them now.
Give a Gift of Resources from Sands Queensland.
Sponsor supplies for the SandsQ Butterfly Memory Bag Program.
Pledge your time, services or skills to Sands. There are so many ways you can volunteer, find out more HERE.
Share Your Story
By sharing our stories we let others know they are not alone, we share in their grief and can show them support is there when they need. Sharing your story also shows those who have not experienced this loss what it means to us and how they can be supportive. Your story could be in words, pictures, music, art or other expressions and can tell as little or as much as you feel comfortable with.
Email Sands at email@example.com to have your story shared on the Sands Blog.
Use #SandsQ on social media to have your story shared.
Join With Sands
Do you have your own project, group or activity that supports bereaved parents? Why not connect and work with Sands to extend the consistent and professional support services in your area. Contact our State Manager to discuss how we can work together.
Book an Educational
Sands now provides Educational Workshops on Caring for Bereaved Parents. These workshops are about meeting the psycho social care needs of parents whose baby has died during pregnancy or in the neonatal period. Participants recieve 3 CDP for complettion. Workshops are held quarterly at Sands House, Brisbane or can scheduled in your local area. Please contact our office for more information.
Download the Workshop Flyer HERE
Become a member of Sands Queensland. Membership shows your support of Sands and gives you subscription to our newsletter 'Hourglass'.
Keep updated with future events, volunteer opportunities and fundraising by signing up to our Enewsletter.
Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SandsQld), Instagram (@SandsQueensland) and Twitter (@SandsQ)
Thank you for helping Sands reach out to the community and support bereaved parents.