RainbowsGB

Support During Coronavirus Crisis.

At Rainbows Bereavement Support GB we are committed to supporting young people and adults grieving a significant and often devastating loss in their lives. During these difficult and uncertain times caused by the Coronavirus pandemic we are striving to support all who need our advice and guidance.

In response to the latest advice and guidance from the UK Government regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are pleased to let you know that our Resource Centre in Maghull has reopened from the 1st July. We are now able to process all orders placed for materials and to explore ways in which schools can access Rainbows training.

Our Resource Centre staff will initially be working on a part time basis before returning to normal full time working from the beginning of September.

If you would like to order additional Rainbows materials you can place orders directly at our Rainbows GB National Resource Centre

( 0161 624 2269 )

rainbowsgb.dc@btconnect.com

We will continue to be available to give advice and support to schools requiring any guidance around loss and bereavement. Our contact for all advice is:

Sharon Melia-Craven (National Co-Director)

Tel  07764431536    Email: sharon.rainbowsgb@btconnect.com

To protect the Charity, its employees and to enable us to be ready for when schools re-open we have undertaken the following actions:

  • We have temporarily closed our National Resource Centre. (Now re-opened from 1st July)
  • We have Furloughed 6 of our 7 employees and are currently supporting their wages to 100%.
  • We are contacting Organisations and relevant Charities including those below, to ensure they are fully aware of the support the Rainbows programmes can provide to Children and Young People when they return to school:
  • Contacts:
    • Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield
    • Local Authorities 
    • Public Health Officials
    • Catholic Bishops of England and Wales
    • Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby
    • National Children’s Bureau
    • British Psychological Society (BPS)
    • All UK Teaching Unions
    • Also relevant / appropriate charities such as Heads Together, Child Bereavement UK, Schools in Mind.
  • This website also provides lots of background on what Rainbows provides and the impact it has for Children experiencing significant loss in their lives. (See our Research Documents Page Here )
  • We have provided a link on our News Page to an excellent free publication which will help Parents and Teachers explain to younger children what the Coronavirus is and why they need to take the actions required by the Government and the Medical professionals.

When schools reopen, there will be a real and increased need for Rainbows. We offer quality training in bereavement, grief and loss to Staff enabling school staff to support their pupils in a small groups situation. This peer group support is an important part in helping children to deal with their issues of grief, loss and anxiety. The total cost is less than one pupil premium so represents extremely good value.

Until we can restart RainbowsGB support in schools we would like to make some resources freely available to schools and communities. These may be helpful in planning ways in which schools can support both young people and their staff when they return to school and can be downloaded from the links below:

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Silver Linings

A Community Crisis Response Bereavement Support Programme

Silver Linings is a Community Crisis Response Bereavement Support Programme.

There are two editions:

Silver Linings – Ages 7 – 11 Edition & Silver Linings – Ages 12 – 17 Edition.

Natural disasters, such as floods, gales, fires, earthquakes or epidemic illness and human driven crises, such as terrorist attacks, loss of life through accidents, suicide, criminal acts or hostage situations, such Crisis Events can thrust people into painful circumstances so suddenly that whole communities grieve as one. When this happens, people become highly vulnerable and experience many emotions that they did not think they were capable of feeling, prior to the crisis event.

Adults who are straining to find answers may be able to cope by supporting each other and by finding ways to exist within this new reality and children will need support too. Rainbows Bereavement Support hopes that Silver Linings Community Crisis Response Programme will help fulfil some of the support needs of the children.

The Silver Linings Programme is an outlet for children in the form of a peer support, crisis response model based on six sessions in which participants share their personal stories, express their feelings, and reconcile the crisis event using their coping skills and move on to the future – knowing that they will be supported by adults who care for them. The closing session allows a participant to select a Personal Goal, which they can control and strive to achieve. To implement the Silver Linings Programme, teachers, classroom assistants and other professionals will lead the activities and guide the discussions to work through the specific topics in each of the Silver Linings Programme sessions.

A site can have an e-copy of the Silver Linings Programme, which includes a Silver Linings Leader’s Handbook containing the Aim & Rationale for each session, as well as complete instructions for participants’ activities and suggestions for discussion questions and a Participant Booklet (Photocopiable) containing age appropriate personal activities, including an opportunity for participants to write down their own ideas and observations and a Silver Linings ‘Sample Letter for Parents/Carers’, which schools can personalise and send out prior to the programme commencing.

All the Documents can be Downloaded Below.

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When Somebody Dies.

How RainbowsGB can help you manage this Crisis

In addition to the Rainbows programmes delivered to Children in schools, Rainbows has also developed a package entitled “When Somebody Dies”. This is a CD based package aimed a school staff, to help them ensure they have the appropriate Bereavement Policies in place and their staff are equipped to deal with the impact of “bereavement or loss” suffered by their pupils.

While our Distribution Centre is closed we cannot despatch copies of this excellent resource, (normally it costs £17.94). We have therefore decided to make much of the contents freely available on this website in downloadable form. See below.

As we are not charging for the “Silver Linings” or “When Somebody Dies” materials at this difficult time we would be very grateful for any donation you can make via our “Pease Support our Work” page, although there is of course no obligation to do so.

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