The Rainbow Centre for Children is a charity for children and their families from Bristol and the surrounding area including Somerset, South Wales and Gloucestershire. We help families deal with the pain, grief, anger and sadness that can be caused by the death of a child or parent or their life threatening illness and the impact that has on individual family members as well as the family as a whole.
Families come to us not only because someone has died from an illness but also as a result of road traffic accidents, suicide or murder. We offer art, play or music therapy to children, as these non-verbal therapies are a valuable means of expressing emotions when words simply can’t be found, counselling to older children if they prefer it to the non-verbal therapies, as well as to adults as a couple or individual, and homoeopathy for the whole family to help relieve both the side effects of conventional medicine, or the physical symptoms of grief or simply to keep a carer healthy so they have the strength to continue to look after their loved ones.
Each therapy session lasts for 50 minutes, and the children or their parents / carers come at the same time each week so they build up a relationship and trust with our therapists. All the therapy we provide is free of charge and we support families for as long as they need our help. Each therapy session costs The Rainbow Centre £30 a session and we rely entirely on voluntary donations for our existence. We expect the running costs of the Centre, a traditional Victorian house in Lilymead Avenue, just off the Wells Road to be £270,000 for the coming year.