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About Us

Rainbows support children and young people who have experienced grief, loss and change following a bereavement, parental separation, divorce or relationship breakdown.

We provide a safe, calm listening space in groups for children and young people of similar ages and stages of development in separate bereavement groups and separate parental separation groups.

Children and young people –

  • What they say is heard.
  • What they say matters.
  • What they say is acknowledged and validated.

Meeting others

  • I am not the only one
  • We are not the only family

At the heart of Rainbows Group Support –

“Feelings and struggles that are given a voice, can be less overwhelming, less scary and less upsetting” Dr. D. Seigel.

Rainbows is a registered non for profit charity CHY:12507

Our Team

National Office

Anne Staunton CEO

Ilona Karsanova Office Administrator

Gerard Keegan Accountant

Rainbows Galway Office

Fiona Byrne: Support and Development

National Training Team; 16 Trainers

Mission, Vision, Aim

Mission: Rainbows Ireland works to enable children and young people who have experienced a significant loss to access peer support. This support happens within their local communities as they seek to come to terms with their grief and loss

Vision: The grief experienced by children and young people in Ireland, following a significant loss in their lives, is recognised and that they are offered the understanding and support necessary to foster emotional wellbeing.

Aim: To establish, maintain and support a national network of accredited Rainbows programme centres, where trained Facilitators support children and young people through the Rainbows peer group support.


Equality Statement


The service respects and values the diversity of all children and families. The Rainbows service is committed to maintaining a service that does not discriminate, directly or indirectly on the grounds of gender, gender identity, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion, disability, age, race or ethnic origin.
The service recognises that all children and young people, regardless of their circumstances, have a right to have their grief and loss recognised and to be given opportunities to express their feelings and emotions.
The support level provided by Rainbows Ireland recognises that the service may often not be the appropriate one for all children and that some children will have needs that are beyond the capacity and resources of the service.



Chair: Ray Watson
Secretary: Gerard Keegan
Treasurer: Clive Waldron
Trustees: Paul Kenny, Cian Gleeson,
Members: Deirdre Burke, Joan Conlon, Jade Fitzgerald, Paula Kenny Flynn.
Staff Members: Anne Staunton, Fiona Byrne

Company Registration

Company limited by Guarantee.
  • Registered Charity No. 12507
  • CRO: 262410
  • CRA: 20036768
  • Revenue: 8262410E

Public Liability, Employers Liability, Professional Indemnity


HSOC Consultants Limited, Chartered Accountants, Registered Auditors, Adelaide House,
90 Upper George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire,
Co. Dublin.


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