Rainbows and Sunbeams
RAINBOWS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GREAT BRITAIN is a well respected national charity having a proven, positive impact on the lives of children, young people and adults grieving a significant and often devastating loss in their lives.
Their vision is quite simply for every child and young person in every school in Great Britain, grieving a significant and often devastating loss in their lives, to be understood and supported appropriately.
The principal objectives and activities of Rainbows Bereavement Support Great Britain:
- Raising awareness of the impact of bereavement and loss on children, young people and adults
- Facilitating high quality education and training in bereavement and loss
- Providing practical, realistic and sensitive guidance to ensure all schools have appropriate bereavement policies and procedures in place
- Nurturing and developing the emotional health and mental well-being of children, young people and adults who have experienced a significant loss through death, relationship breakdown or other adverse circumstance
The work of Rainbows is tried, tested, researched, monitored and evaluated. We know the impact of our work is long-lasting and has a tangible impact on people’s lives.
Background Information of Rainbows:
The roots of Rainbows Bereavement Support GB date back to Chicago in 1983. Suzy Yehl Marta, a divorced mother with three young children, founded the Rainbows programme following her own divorce to address the apparent absence of any organised support groups for grieving children. Her intention was to ensure that other families would not suffer as her family did through the trauma of her own divorce.
Fully adapted programmes and training covering all aspects of bereavement and loss were developed in Great Britain and introduced in 1992. As a result of the impact of our training and our revised and up dated programmes, over 100,000 children and young people now have access to support in over 1400 schools.
Rainbows Bereavement Support GB offers high quality training in bereavement and loss, and supports communities in reviewing or developing their own bereavement policy and procedures. Through locally based Registered Directors, the charity offers training in the use of Rainbows age related peer support programmes which help foster emotional healing among children, young people and adults.
On-going support is provided to affirm and advise the trained facilitators and co-ordinators that run the programmes.
High quality training for all members of staff and further training for facilitators and co-ordinators to suit the specific needs of your school are delivered at your site.
Here at Corpus Christi, we deliver the Rainbows and Sunbeams programme for our families.
If you require more information about the programme, please speak to your class teacher or our school office who will direct you towards Miss Carr and Mrs Gifford (our trained facilitators and co-ordinators of the programme).
For more information please visit the Rainbows website: https://rainbowsgb.org/