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Project information

Free bereavement therapy for a Child

Enable a child to cope with the pain, grief and trauma of the death of a parent or sibling through free therapeutic support at The Rainbow Centre for Children.

On average 24 x 50minute weekly therapy sessions

Charity information: The Rainbow Centre for Children

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  • Need


    The grief and trauma of the death of a parent or sibling can lead a child to struggle with their emotions and difficult feelings. Whilst every child will react in their own individual ways many can be prone to uncontrollable angry outbursts. This can lead to educational problems either being disruptive in class or failing to pay attention. Children may also withdraw from relationships with other family member or friends for fear of losing them too.


    The Rainbow Centre for Children provides a safe haven for children to express their emotions in a therapeutic yet homely environment. We provide non-verbal therapies such as Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Music Therapy and Child Psychotherapy as words often can't be found. Enabling a child to cope with their feelings means that they are more able to engage with those around them, regain their childhood and fulfill their potential in life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide free therapeutic support for a child


    » Provide 24 therapy sessions lasting 50 minutes at the same time, and on the same day each week with the same therapist.
    » Provide the materials required to carry out these sessions plus a welcoming drink of squash to put the child at ease when they arrive at the Centre.
    » Provide a daily support meeting & monthly forum for the team of therapists working on that day, to enable them to carry out their vital work.

    What success will look like

    Success will be specific to the individual child, but results in the child being able to cope with the difficult emotions that they are experiencing.

  • Impact


    In the long term the project enables families to "work through the past, live through the present and get ready to walk into their future together". By enabling children to cope with the death of a parent or loved one, they develop in self-confidence, re-engage at school and with friends and family and ultimately go on to gain the qualifications they need to fulfill their potential.


    There is a risk that a child may not be ready to engage with therapy at this point in their life. In order to deal with this we carry out an initial assessmnet meeting with the parent(s)/carers, then a second meeting with the child. The parents will meet the therapists prior to therapy starting and then the child will attend and will be present at review meetings to discuss how things are going with the parents and therapists. Our Directors of Therapy maintain an overview of the whole family.


    We report to donors in the ways that they say they wish to be reported too. We will provide an initial thank you letter and annual reports and the offer to visit us at the Centre at a mutually convenient time - it will not be possible to meet the children concerned.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,087

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      Amount Heading Description
      £636 Therapy Sessions Providing 24 one to one therapy sessions at the cost of £30 each.
      £451 Therapists Supervision Providing support for therapist to support the child
  • Background


    The Rainbow Centre for Children in situated in a Victorian House in a residential street in the Knowle/Totterdown area of Bristol. The house provides a warm, welcoming and safe environment in which to carry out our therapeutic support of families. Many children describe it as being like "coming to Grandma's house".The homely atmosphere is very important as many families have spent a considerable amount of time in clinical environments due to the deathor illness of their family member.


    Any family with a child under the age of 18 where a parent or child has died or is likely to die before the child reaches 18 who can attend the Centre. Families come to us from across Bristol, Bath and teh surrounding area. We support families affected by a range of illnesses and causes of death including Cancer, Heart Attacks, Road Traffic Accidents, Suicide and Murder. The service is provided free of charge for as long as those families need our help.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Rainbow Centre for Children was established in 1985 and has been successfully supporting children and their families since then. We are unique in the way that we support thewhole family & each family member free of charge on a one to one basis without time limit for as long as they need our help.
    Our reputation has grown so that previous clients, GP's, social workers and schools all recommend our services to families in need.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Angela Emms

    Angela is the Centre Director. She ensures that the Centre runs as a business & manages much of the face to face, community & corporate fundraising.

    Linda Morgan

    Linda is our Director of Therapies and co-founder of The Rainbow Centre. Linda is responsible for overseeing all the therapy carried out at the Centre