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Welcome to Rainbows Website

What is Rainbows?

 
Group Support for children & young people following –
Bereavement
  
Family change following Parental Separation, Divorce, Relationship breakdown.
 
Creating a safe space to talk about difficult feelings
Listening to the voices of children & young people
 
What they say matters
 
What they say is accepted
  
What they say is acknowledged and validated.
Meeting others of a similar age and loss experience
 
“I am not the only one”
 
“We are not the only family”.

Parents/Guardians – Support sessions on zoom

We are pleased to offer parents and guardians a chance to join us on zoom to learn more about Rainbows and how we support children and young people experiencing a bereavement or family change and transition as a result of parental separation, divorce and relationship breakdown.

Rainbows is 35 years in Ireland. We have learnt a lot from children and young people and what their concerns and worries can be. The focus of every session is on children/young people and is not on adult issues. During the session, we will explore how children and young people of different ages and stages of development can be affected by what has happened, highlighting what is normal and how attending group support can help.

If you are thinking about Rainbows for your child/young person, or your child may be currently attending a group or perhaps your child has already attended – you are more than welcome to attend.

It is an informal welcoming space to listen – no pressure to speak – questions can be asked at any time.

Many parents and guardians have attended to date and have indicated how helpful it has been.

Feedback from these sessions in 2022-2023 was really positive – we hope to build on our support for parents going forward.

  • “It’s great for children to see that they are not alone & there are lots of other children in the same position.
  • Thank you so much, incredibly valuable and supportive
  • Absolutely amazing session. Empathy, professionalism from start to finish.
  • I felt very alone and so drowning in it all. I’m feeling better and know I am not alone. Thank you for everything.
  • Finding out that my kids behaviour is quite normal
  • Being able to share and chat with parents going through the separation was v helpful also
    • Ideas of what to do when kids are emotional or struggling was good to learn”

We very much look forward to welcoming you on zoom.

Please boil the kettle, bring your cuppa and log in to meet Anne from Rainbows who will facilitate the sessions.

Dates for “Introduction for Parents/Guardians to the Rainbows Ireland Separation Programmes”

Wednesday 17th April 2024 – 7.30pm – 9.30pm – Click here to book
Tuesday 7th May 2024 – 7.30pm – 9.30pm – Click here to book
Wednesday 22nd May 2024- 7.30pm – 9.30pm – Click here to book
Tuesday 18th June 2024 – 7.30pm – 9.30pm – Click here to book

Dates for “Introduction for Parents/Guardians to the Rainbows Ireland Bereavement Programme”

Wednesday 10th April 2024 – 7.30pm – 9.30pm – Click here to book
Wednesday 1st May 2024 – 7.30pm – 9.30pm – Click here to book
Tuesday 14th May 2024 – 7.30pm – 9.30pm – Click here to book
Tuesday 11th June 2024 – 7.30pm – 9.30pm – Click here to book

 

Bereavement

In Ireland 80 people die each day. 30,000 (CSO 2015) people die in Ireland each year These are the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles & siblings of our 1.2 million children. Approximately, 10 persons on average can be impacted

Separation

Approximately one in every ten marriages ends in separation or divorce, in Ireland. That might seem high, but it is actually the lowest rate of separation and divorce in Europe and the third lowest in the world. 94,924

Ethos & Values

Our vision is that the grief experienced by children and young people in Ireland, following a significant loss in their lives through bereavement, parental separation or divorce, is recognised and that they are offered the understanding and support

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