Rainbows is a structured programme for children aged 4-10, who are experiencing loss of any kind such as:

  • Death or divorce, family situations.
  • Foster or adoptive home
  • Coping with grave illness of a family member
  • A parent is serving a prison sentence
  • Families where one parent has never been a part of the child’s life
  • Families in which children have experienced abuse or violence

Rainbows is a structured programme to help children talk through their feelings with other children who are experiencing loss in their family. The Rainbows programme helps by providing a safe setting with adult facilitators and materials, journals, storybooks, games and creative activities to help lead them gently through the grieving process.

The children learn to develop trust, express their feelings, be heard and valued and work together as part of a group.

We are running two sites of the Rainbows programme from January 2018.
Jubilee Children’s Centre @ Beech Hill School, Mount Pleasant Avenue, Halifax, HX1 5TN
This site will cover age ranges from 5-11 years and the children will be split into 3 groups 5-6yrs 7 8 & 9yrs and 10-11yrs.

The term will start on Tuesday 23 January and run until Tuesday 20 March with a half term break on Tuesday 20 February. The children are welcome to arrive from 3.15pm and the groups close at 4.30pm.

Illingworth Moor Methodist Church, Keighley Road, HX2 9LL This site will be starting on Thursday 25 January and run until Thursday 22 March with a half term break on Thursday 22 February. Again we will have 3 groups of children with ages ranging from 5-11 years and split into the age groups as above.

Some of the themes we follow in the Rainbows programme are:

  • One of a Kind
  • Why my family?
  • Facing fears and worries
  • The stepfamily
  • Bullying
  • Weathering the storms
Please contact us on 01422 300457 or email rainbows@noahsarkcentre.org.uk

You can find more about the Rainbows Bereavement Support GB programme here. http://www.rainbowsgb.org/about-us

Some things children have said about Rainbows:

Things Rainbows helped me with:
  • “…they help me not to get as angry”
  • “…not being mean to my mum”
  • “….help me with the bullies that are very, very mean to me”
  • “…to get a bit calmer”