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Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity supports seriously ill children and their families in the family home and local community. Families who have a child or young person up to the age of 18 with a life threatening or terminal condition (for example cancer, some neurological conditions,…

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity supports seriously ill children and their families in the family home and local community. Families who have a child or young person up to the age of 18 with a life threatening or terminal condition (for example cancer, some neurological conditions, babies in neonatal intensive care) are eligible and referrals can come from any source.

We enable families to manage everyday life while caring for a sick child and to make the most of time together; providing expert, practical and emotional support via a Family Support Worker. Families have complete choice about the type of support they receive - wherever and whenever they need it.

Rainbow Trust’s support can include short breaks from caring, support with hospital visits, including transport to and from appointments, support for siblings and bereavement support. Due to the current Covid 19 pandemic Rainbow Trust also offers virtual support to families which can include opportunities for children to play games and do arts and crafts activities on video calls.

Rainbow Trust currently operates in some parts of Oxfordshire. To find out more about the services available in your area, please contact Charlotte Sturgess, tel 01249 705881.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Charlotte Sturgess
Contact Position
Family Support Manager
Telephone
01249 705881
E-mail
charlotte.sturgess@rainbowtrust.org.uk
Website
Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
Notes

Our Support

Rainbow Trust pairs each family with a dedicated expert Family Support Worker. Services are tailored to the individual needs of each family member, including the sick child, parents, siblings, grandparents and extended family. Support includes:

  • Providing short breaks for the sick child and siblings, including trips out or fun activities which are either done at home or on video calls
  • Spending time with the ill child at hospital or home
  • Accompanying and supporting parents and their child during clinic and hospital visits; providing transport to hospital
  • Helping maintain normality in the home by working with and caring for siblings, to ensure usual activities are continued
  • Siblings may be supported through one-to-one sessions, help getting to school or with homework, regular sibling groups and school holiday events and activities
  • Providing practical support with household chores to help families manage day to day life
  • Providing emotional support
  • Providing end-of-life care and bereavement support

Where to go

Name
Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
Address
Church Farm
Middle Common
Kington Langley
Chippenham
Wiltshire
Postcode
SN15 5NN
Notes

The address provided is administrative only.

Support is provided in family homes and in the community, with drop-in groups at various times and venues. Please contact Charlotte Sturgess for more details.

 

Time / Date Details

Session Information
Support is generally available from Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm, frequency and duration depending on family choice and needs.
Rainbow Trust operates a 24-hour service for families in crisis, which includes a 24-hour dedicated on call number, and the possibility of extended hours of family support during weekdays and weekends.

Other Details

Costs

Details

No cost to service users.

Availability

Age Ranges
0-18 years
Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Please simply phone, email or write to us if you or someone you know would like support. Anyone can refer themselves or be referred (by a family member, friend, health, education or social care professional) provided consent from the family has been given. 

Following a referral, a Family Support Manager makes an assessment visit to discuss the family's needs, eligibility and provide information. A Family Support Worker will then visit the family to offer the agreed support. 

At times of crisis, we can arrange for support to be introduced to a family within 24 hours. An assessment visit is otherwise normally arranged within two weeks of a referral, depending on family circumstances.

 

Additional Information

Providing services to
Disabled children/young people

Last checked on 11/01/2021

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