The Rainbows programme which is a programme for children who have suffered a loss through bereavement or because their parents have separated has run successfully at Vita House for many years. However to cater for the number of children seeking this service from the Athlone area the programme was run in Athlone for the first time.

What Rainbows offers

  • Helps a child to engage with their own individual grief journey to identify, name, understand, express and share their feelings
  • Provides a safe setting to tell and retell feelings and thoughts with trained listeners
  • Supports Participants to come to terms with loss and to integrate and adapt to loss in their lives
  • Allows children to have a shared experience and identification with others feelings not the only one”
  • Acknowledges grief and loss it’s ok to be sad
  • Supports the rebuilding of self-esteem, trust, confidence and resilience
  • Promotes emotional growth and a pathway to positive mental health
  • Provides a model of coping and support for the future life of a child
  • Contributes to family functioning at a time of stress and difficult

Rainbows -Children can experience a lot of changes when there is a separation or bereavement in a family. This course provides support to help them deal with feelings and gradually rebuild their lives. New Course date TBC

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