Groups and Guildines

Rainbows groups

    Rainbows Groups are formed with those of similar age and loss experience

  • It is the policy of Rainbows to separate different losses into separate groups, loss through bereavement and loss as a result of divorce/separation.  There are usually 3-5 in a group.
  • If only one Participant is present in any session, the session will be cancelled for that week
  • If the Facilitator is not available, the group is cancelled. No substitute facilitators are permitted.
  • Siblings or relatives are not permitted in the same group.

Rainbows Programmes – General Age Guidelines

Note: age ranges are approximate and may vary according to the group composition.


Sunbeams is aimed at 5-6 year olds (i.e. Junior & Senior Infants). There are very specific criteria for the delivery of Sunbeams programmes set down by Rainbows Ireland.

It is only available on  a limited basis at present.



There are three Rainbows levels:

  • Level 1: for children from 6-7 years old (1st and 2nd class)
  • Level 2: for children from 7-9 years old (3rd and 4th class)
  • Level 3: for children from 10-12 years old (5th and 6th class)


There are three Spectrum levels:

  • Level 1: for young people from 12-14 years old (1st and 2nd year)
  • Level 2: for young people from 14-16 years old (3rd and 4th year)
  • Level 3: for young people from 16-18 years old (5th and 6th year)

Themes for programmes are set out in a journal for each Participant. The themes are the same at all levels and are organised for the range of age levels in a spiral programme.