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Project information

Rainbow Trust Family Support Teams

Rainbow Trust has 8 teams of Family Support Workers in England offering emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.

The project is ongoing

Charity information: Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

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  • Need


    Families who are trying to cope with having a seriously ill child face huge upheaval to their lives. Caring for a sick child often means that routines are abandoned and normal life is simply not possible. Parents find it difficult to stay in work, the sick child can miss out on vital schooling and siblings are left confused and lacking the attention they need. Often the parents have no-one to talk to that understands what they and their children are going through.


    Rainbow Trust provides Family Support Workers to give support to families of children who have life-threatening or terminal illnesses. Support is given at home, at hospital and wherever else is needed. Family Support Workers help parents with the practical aspects of living with a sick child and give emotional support to brothers and sisters who are struggling to deal with the changes to their lives.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Our aim is to develop new Care Teams to reach more families in other areas of the country.


    » Rainbow Trust Children's Charity seeks committed funding to ensure that we can establish new, permanent Care Teams.

    What success will look like

    We will achieve full capacity in our nine existing Care Teams and enable at least one new Care Team to help up to 150 new families at any one time.

  • Impact


    A new Care Team reaching 150 new families over the course of a year would bring direct benefit to up to 900 individuals. These families would benefit from being supported emotionally and practically to enable life to continue as normally as possible, helping beneficiaries to achieve their full potential, despite their circumstances.

    We would increase our annual number of families helped and raise awareness of the issues surrounding neo natal care and social palliative care.


    The main risk to this project is not having the funds to commit to at least three years of support in establishing a new Care Team.

    It is imperiative that we create sustainable growth to ensure that families can benefit from care for as long as it is needed, which can be for several years.

    A new Care Team would not be established without this funding being securely in place.


    Donors will receive updates on our progress in researching key areas for growth within the UK and our specific areas including social palliative care and bereavement support.

    There will also be regular reports of how Rainbow Trust Family Support Workers are currently supporting families in need.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £126,900

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      Amount Heading Description
      £42,300 Cost of Family Support Worker covers the whole cost of a Family Support Worker for an entire year
      £42,300 Cost of Family Support Worker covers the whole cost of a Family Support Worker for an entire year
      £42,300 Cost of Family Support Worker covers the whole cost of a Family Support Worker for an entire year
  • Background


    Rainbow Trust Children's Charity supports families irrespective of background, religion or financial situation.

    We currently support families in 9 geographical areas of England - Cumbria and Lancashire, County Durham, Greater Manchester, Swindon, Southampton, Essex, Surrey, West London and Central London. Our aim is to provide care for families across the UK.


    Each Family Support Worker takes care of up to 25 families, so just one more could give emotional and practical help to up to 150 individuals - sick children, their brothers and sisters, mums and dads and grandparents.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Rainbow Trust Children's Charity is the only provider of this unique range of support services, which gives emotional and practical support to families throughout a child's illness and through bereavement where necessary.

    In 2016 Rainbow Trust celebrates 30 years of providing flexible and personalised support. The charity has shown year on year sustainable growth in operations and continues to invest in professional development of its staff to maintain its high standards of care provision.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Amy, Neonatal Family Support Worker

    Amy works with Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, piloting a unique service helping families cope with the pressures of having a baby in intensive care.

    Dawn, Family Support Worker

    Dawn provides specialist care services to her families using her training in learning disabilities, counselling skills and child development.