A special message from the new President:

To the Rainbows community, I would like to say thank you to you all for the care, kindness and compassion that you are all giving to the children and youth of Australia during this community crisis of Covid-19.

Whilst as Facilitator and Coordinators you are supporting children and youth with the opportunity to talk about their feelings and thoughts in a safe place. It draws me to remind you that your self-care is also important. Please also provide time to yourself, for supervision, for self-care and for connections with people who are important in your life.
Stay safe and stay connected.

Andrea Groom
President

NEW BOARD:

Rainbows for the Children of Australia is taking on a new phase in its efforts to support the grief, loss and trauma of children and youth by developing its programs, training and support for people who work with children in this area. Whilst we are an international, nonprofit organization that trains volunteers at community-based sites to lead structured, age-specific, support groups for children 3-18 years old who are grieving the loss of a family member as a result of death, separation/divorce, incarceration, deployment, deportation, significant illness, or any other traumatic, life-altering event. Since 1983, we have served over 3.5 million children by providing them support and helping them to develop problem-solving and coping skills, learn anger and stress management, alleviate depression and anxiety, and reduce emotional pain and suffering.

Rainbows is now seeking to expand its Board of Directors by bringing on a diverse group of new members. New members will join an already committed, dedicated, and professional governing board. The Board of Directors is responsible for supporting the mission of Rainbows for the Children of Australia and for raising funds necessary to carry out key programs and activities. The Board also sets policy, provides leadership, and is accountable for fiscal and strategic oversight. As enthusiastic ambassadors of the organization, board members are committed to using their diverse experiences and skills to support its positive growth.

If you feel that you have the skills and experience, we would like to invite you to download the form and volunteer with us to fulfil our mission.

Mission Statement

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.

Our mission

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

Activities

Games

Discussion

Reflection