Rainbow Group January 2020
62 children attended Monday’s Rainbow Group session with their parents and carers- that’s the highest number to date since our groups began in 2012 with just a few children. We provide a safe space for bereaved children and young people to come along to, to meet others just like them. Activities included a conversation cube in our main area and a session on identity for the teenagers. Children are provided a quiet space where they can decorate photos of their special person that we keep for them to place on our Rainbow board each month.
When people are grieving they need a good support network around them and counselling or therapy are often not needed, so long as they are provided with the opportunity to talk and share feelings and feel supported. So having someone (or others) to listen to them can make all the difference. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, we are all so different and that must be acknowledged. Children need the same acknowledgement and support.
Our facilitated groups offer a supportive space for them to explore and grow while navigating often the most difficult of emotions and circumstances.
We currently run 10 groups per year. With an increase in registrations of 68% last year, our focus this year is on how we ensure our current beneficiaries reman supported, whilst allowing space and resource for growth.