Why we do what we do
In Ireland 80 people die each day. 30,000 (CSO 2015) people die in Ireland each year These are the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles & siblings of our 1.2 million children. Approximately, 10 persons on average can be impacted by each death If one child was affected by a death: 30,000 children can experience bereavement in any one year. If two children were affected by a death: 60,000 children can experience bereavement in any one year.
Growing up in Ireland Report: ESRI (Williams and Morgan 2012)
By the age of nine among Irish children have experienced the death of:
A Close Friend
An Aunt or Uncle
Approximately one in every ten marriages ends in separation or divorce, in Ireland. That might seem high, but it is actually the lowest rate of separation and divorce in Europe and the third lowest in the world. 94,924 The number of men who were separated or divorced (CSO 2016) 127,149 The number of women who were separated or divorced (CSO 2016) Divorce: 87,770 in 2011 to 103,895 in 2016, an increase of 16,125 persons. (CSO 2016) Separation: 116,194 in 2011 to 118,178 in 2016 (CSO 2016) Informal separations: There is no statistical evidence on the number
On average, 2,800 children access Rainbows Ireland support. They are supported by over 2,500 trained volunteers. Up to 820 children received Bereavement from Rainbows Ireland. While up to 1800 received support following Parental Separation /Divorce: On average, National Office receives up to 25 calls a day seeking information re Rainbows programme availability.