St. John's SNS Arklow

Rainbows Programme

If your child has recently experienced grief and loss resulting from bereavement/parental separation/parental relationship/divorce, St. John’s Snr NS can provide support through The Rainbows Programme.

Attending the programme provides children with an opportunity to meet with other children of a similar age and loss experience, at a minimum of 3 months after the loss. It does not provide an individual one to one support service and does not provide counselling or a therapeutic level of intervention.

The programme aims to:
- Support a child to engage with their own individual grief– to identify, name, understand, express and share their feelings
- Provide a safe setting to tell and retell feelings and thoughts with trained listeners
- Support children to have a shared experience and identification with others’ feelings… “I’m not the only one”
- Acknowledge a child’s grief and loss
- Support a child’s self-esteem, trust, confidence and resilience
- Support emotional growth and a pathway to positive mental health
- Provide a model of coping and support

Rainbows will take place one afternoon a week from 3pm – 4pm in the school for 9 weeks and is facilitated on a voluntary basis by the staff at St. John’s.

Please complete the expression of interest form below and return it to the address on the form. You will be contacted when a programme for your child’s age group is starting. If you have any queries, please contact Fiona Creedon (Rainbows Centre Director) on tel. 087 2582302 or

Expression-of-Interest-Form-St Johns.pdf

Coolgreaney Rd, Yardland, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
0402 32545
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