The Rainbow Group Team Jo, Carol, Odette, Donna, Marcela, John, David, Sue, Molly, Rachel, Simon, Antonietta, Nancy, Jean, Sue G, Linda and Marian work tirelessly to ensure all of the bereaved children and their families who visit the group sessions, are well looked after and supported whilst attending the sessions. Our staff, contractors and and volunteers are DBS checked and undergo relevant training to enable them to fulfil their roles, such as Safeguarding, Bereavement, First Aid and Health & Hygiene.
Rainbow Group Facilitator
I'm originally from South African but have lived in Milton Keynes for 20 years. I'm married and have 2 children who I Home Educate. I joined Harry's Rainbow in March 2017 after spending the last 25 years in Early Years and Childcare. I have a Pediatric First Aid Certificate, Safeguarding Training and am experienced in working with children with additional needs. Since joining Harry's Rainbow I have attended a course with CBUK on supporting Bereaved Children.
Rainbow Group Volunteer
I know Rob who convinced me to join the Harry’s Rainbow Running Club a few years ago. I realised I couldn't run but after wearing Harry’s face on the vest I couldn't just walk away either so when I saw that Odette was looking for volunteers to help at the Rainbow Groups, I decided to apply. It suited me better as my paid work involves working with children in a special needs school. I was able to carry over my skills and also attended a bereavement course. I love volunteering at the group sessions and the other activities and trips that we do. It is a real honour to be part of such an amazing charity and be at the heart of making a difference to bereaved children.
My children lost their father and I lost a best friend. Harrys Rainbow has been a massive support, not just to my children but to myself. Meeting people that have suffered the same grief, that understand the feelings of guilt, loss and sadness actually helps to bring you a little peace. Joining the Harrys Rainbow team, for me is giving something back not just to the team of volunteers but to the parents and children, old and new. It's about being part of something good and sharing experiences and giving support and in my way saying thank you for everything they have given to me and my family.
Youth Group Leader
Antonietta is passionate about helping young people to live their healthiest and happiest life, to grow in confidence and thrive.
She is a Mental Health and Wellbeing Coach with over 13 years demonstrable experience successfully developing and delivering inspiring wellbeing training. Antonietta has worked in all education and training settings across Buckinghamshire from health care, social care, to private, statutory and voluntary sectors and currently works for YiS as the Development and Training Manager.
OUR CHARITABLE AIMS
We became a fully registered charity in September 2012. Our registration number is 1149011.
children and young people and their families who have been bereaved through the loss of a significant loved one such as a parent or sibling.
Access to support and advice
Recreational and leisure activities to children and young people in order to improve their conditions of life and to reduce the isolation felt during bereavement, by facilitating contact with other children and young people.
Public awareness of the need for support and guidance and providing access to information about coping with bereavement.