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The Rainbows Ireland Office is closed in line with the National advice regarding the COVID-19 virus situation.
All Rainbows training sessions planned are now postponed.
All Rainbows programmes are also postponed. We are working remotely and will respond to all calls and emails.
Phone:  087 3510898 – if phone is busy, speak slowly and clearly, leave your contact number – we will return your call as soon as possible.
Email:             ask@rainbowsireland.ie            support@rainbowsireland.ie
We are acutely aware of the impact of the current situation on children, young people and families.
Children and young people who have experienced a significant bereavement or family change can be  particularly vulnerable.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or issues.
We are here to support you in any way that is possible.
Below we have included information and links to resources that may be helpful. This page will be updated on a regular basis and in particular, when new information and further relevant resources are made available. Please check back to access these updates.

 

*Separation/Divorce Guidelines on access during the Corona Virus Restrictions:
Law Society:     https://www.orpenfranks.ie/family-child-law-committee-guidelines-on-access-during-covid-19/
One Family Helpline:
Please call “askonefamily” @  Lo-call 1890662212 if you need extra support.
https://onefamily.ie/how-you-can-support-social-distancing-continue-to-successfully-share-parenting
Treoir:  –  Challenges for separated parents during the Corona virus:      https://bit.ly/2wD6XkQ
https://www.treoir.ie          Phone: 01 6700 120 for further information

 

*Two new very valuable resources from the Irish Hospice Foundation:
Grieving in Exceptional times  – Video:         https://hospicefoundation.ie/bereavement-2-2/covid19-care-and-inform/grieving-in-exceptional-times/
Helping Children Grieve during the Corona Virus Restrictions:
https://hospicefoundation.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Helping-Children-Grieve-COVID19-WEB.pdf

 

*Other Bereavement links:
Winston’s Wish:
How to say Goodbye when a funeral isn’t possible:     https://bit.ly/2UDPGjB
https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus-supporting-bereaved-children-and-young-people/
https://www.winstonswish.org/alternative-goodbyes/

 

 

*New Barnardos Dedicated Helpline:     Phone: 1800 910 123 between 10.00am and 2.00pm – Monday to Friday or by emailing parentsupport@barnardos.ie
Some issues that parents may need support on include:
How to talk to your children about the corona virus
Setting a good routine
Managing children’s behaviours and sibling dynamics
Managing aggression and family discord
Home schooling/managing school expectations.
Fostering natural learning opportunities in the home
Healthy eating
Accessing fun and educational activities for families and individual children
Managing your child’s worries
Self-care for parents
Helping parents manage their own worries and anxieties
Managing children’s online activity

 

*Talking to children about the Corona Virus:
https://www.barnardos.ie/news/2020/march/barnardos-guidance-for-parents-when-talking-to-your-child-about-covid-19-coronavirus
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-51734855
https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus-supporting-bereaved-children-and-young-people
https://hospicefoundation.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Grieving-in-exceptional-times-.pdf
https://krisepsykologi.no/what-can-we-say-to-children-about-coronavirus/
https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/coronavirus-how-talk-child.html

 

*Bereavement at a time during the Corona virus:
https://hospicefoundation.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Grieving-in-exceptional-times-.pdf
https://www.cruse.org.uk/coronavirus/grieving-and-isolation
https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-dealing-bereavement-and-grief
https://www.cruse.org.uk/coronavirus/trauma

 

*Funerals:
https://www.cruse.org.uk/coronavirus/funerals
Grieving-in-exceptional-times-.pdf  https://bit.ly/3a8DDkZ

 

*Children and Bereavement –  General :
https://www.childhoodbereavement.ie/families/
https://www.childhoodbereavement.ie/families/children-and-grief/
https://www.childhoodbereavement.ie/families/supporting-a-child-at-the-time-of-death/

 

*Children and Tragic Bereavements
https://www.cruse.org.uk/coronavirus/children-and-young-people
https://www.cruse.org.uk/coronavirus/trauma
https://www.childhoodbereavement.ie/families/talking-with-children-about-tragic-incidents/

 

*Children and an anticipated bereavement:
https://www.childhoodbereavement.ie/families/supporting-children-before-a-death/

 

*Children: Separation & Divorce – impact on arrangements during the corona virus:
https://www.orpenfranks.ie/coronavirus-and-access-arrangements-for-children/  (Irish)
https://www.wardandsmith.com/articles/7-guidelines-for-parents-sharing-custody-of-children-during-the-covid-19-pandemic (American)
https://www.natlawreview.com/article/parenting-time-considerations-during-covid-19-coronavirus-pandemic-video (American)

 

*Relaxing/Breathing exercises that can be very helpful for children/young people:
 https://copingskillsforkids.com/deep-breathing-exercises-for-kids
 https://copingskillsforkids.com/coping-with-coronavirus

 

Mission Statement

The Vision of Rainbows Our vision is that the grief experienced by children and young people in Ireland, following a significant loss in their lives from bereavement or loss through parental separation and divorce, is recognised and that they are offered the understanding and support necessary to foster emotional well-being. The Mission of Rainbows  Rainbows Ireland works to enable children and young people who have experienced a significant loss to access peer support.  This support happens within their local communities as they seek to come to terms with their grief and loss. The Aim of Rainbows We aim to fulfil our mission by establishing, maintaining and supporting a national network of accredited Programme Centres, where trained facilitators are recruited by each Programme Centre Management Body to guide participants through the various Rainbows peer support group based programmes. Equality Statement The service respects and values the diversity of all children and families. The Rainbows service is committed to maintaining a service that does not discriminate, directly or indirectly on the grounds of gender, gender identity, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion, disability, age, race or ethnic origin. The service recognises that all children and young people, regardless of their circumstances, have a right to have their grief and loss recognised and to be given opportunities to express their feelings and emotions.

Bereavement

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

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Separation

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

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Ethos & Values

Our vision is that the grief experienced by children and young people in Ireland, following a significant loss in their lives through bereavement, parental separation or divorce, is recognised and that they are offered the understanding and support

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Welcome to Rainbows

In 1983, Rainbows was formally established in Chicago, USA by Suzy Yehl Marta
Rainbows is a national children’s voluntary service with an average of 6,000 children and young people coming into the service every year throughout Ireland. Rainbows supports children and young people in groups. There are groups for children and young people who have been affected by the death of a close family member and there are groups for children and young people whose family has changed because their parents have separated or divorced. In 1983, Rainbows was formally established in Chicago, USA by Suzy Yehl Marta (died 2013) following a personal divorce. She could not locate any services to support her children at that time. Thus, the Rainbows programme and service was founded to provide support for children and young people, experiencing a significant loss through death and separation or divorce. The programme and service has grown and developed across the USA, into 28 countries and at present is growing and developing in Africa, Japan. Rainbows is well present in The UK, Canada and Australia. In 1988, Rainbows Ireland was formally established as an organisation by the Presentation Sisters. Sr Elizabeth Maxwell and Sr Cecilia Molloy trained in the USA to deliver the Rainbows programme. On returning to Ireland, thirty six volunteers were trained to recruit and train volunteers across the country. Since then Rainbows has been grown and developed in over six hundred locations throughout Ireland.  These locations are predominantly in school settings, family resource centres, parish centres, youth projects and other social agencies. The Rainbows service is open to all children and families of all religious beliefs and none. The National Office was established in 1997 in The Loreto Centre, Crumlin Road, Dublin 12, to handle the overall administration of Rainbows in Ireland.

Welcome to the Rainbows

founded by 1984
Rainbows is a national children’s voluntary service with an average of 6,000 children and young people coming into the service every year throughout Ireland. Rainbows supports children and young people in groups. There are groups for children and young people who have been affected by the death of a close family member and there are groups for children and young people whose family has changed because their parents have separated or divorced.

Mission Statement



The Vision of Rainbows

Our vision is that the grief experienced by children and young people in Ireland, following a significant loss in their lives from bereavement or loss through parental separation and divorce, is recognised and that they are offered the understanding and support necessary to foster emotional well-being.

The Mission of Rainbows

Rainbows Ireland works to enable children and young people who have experienced a significant loss to access peer support.  This support happens within their local communities as they seek to come to terms with their grief and loss.

The Aim of Rainbows

We aim to fulfil our mission by establishing, maintaining and supporting a national network of accredited Programme Centres, where trained facilitators are recruited by each Programme Centre Management Body to guide participants through the various Rainbows peer support group based programmes.

Equality Statement

The service respects and values the diversity of all children and families. The Rainbows service is committed to maintaining a service that does not discriminate, directly or indirectly on the grounds of gender, gender identity, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion, disability, age, race or ethnic origin. The service recognises that all children and young people, regardless of their circumstances, have a right to have their grief and loss recognised and to be given opportunities to express their feelings and emotions.


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