Rainbows is a structured programme for children aged 5-11 (primary school age), 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.

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

The children can be referred to us by parents themselves or schools. This service is free to the families and schools as we have received funding through Calderdale’s Local Transformation Plan, to support this project. If you would like more information please contact Andrea Turpin, Children’s Co-ordinator 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”