Rainbows for the Children of Australia (Rainbows) educates, develops resilience, emotional healing and communication skills for young participants of the Rainbows programs.
It builds awareness about the growing number of children suffering significant loss issues in their lives, who are at risk of harm, producing high quality programs offered at no cost to children and youth.
Rainbows is a national not-for-profit organisation, as part of an international organisation that fosters emotional healing among children and youth grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis.
Rainbows is a harm prevention program that believes grieving children and youth deserve supporting, loving listeners as they struggle with their feelings.
Rainbows provides accredited training for all volunteers to prepare them for the commitment of assisting bereaved children and youth.
It supports our volunteers and accredited sites to sustain the quality delivery of service to children and youth through our national network of Registered Directors.
To carry out our mission, Rainbows has developed five age-directed programs:
SunBeams – for pre-school age children
Rainbows – for primary school age children
Spectrum – for secondary school age children
Silver Linings – a community crisis response program
Silver Linings Indigenous Community Crisis Response Program
We have caring, trained adults to help these children put their feelings into words, work through their grief, build a stronger sense of self and begin to accept what has taken place in the family.
Rainbows is not counselling or therapy and we do not claim to have answers to all problems.
We aim to help children sort through their sense of loss through peer support, a safe place to share themselves and nurturing adults to guide them.
Please note parents are not required to purchase program materials for their children as these are provided by the school or community site.
Benefits of the Program
Independent research shows that Rainbows benefits children in their self-esteem and emotional development, their ability to form and sustain relationships and their inclusion in school life.
Intervention and support at the right time can help prevent emotional and behavioural problems in later years. Rainbows also helps develop the professional skills of school staff.
Rainbows sessions include