Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

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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, family activity days, drop-in groups, support with hospital visits, including transport to and from appointments, support for siblings and bereavement support.

To find out more about the services available in your area, please contact Fiona Walker on 0191 3001601 or email fiona.walker@rainbowtrust.org.uk

Who to contact

Contact Name
Fiona Walker
0191 300 1601 0191 300 1601
The Rainbow Trust website
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Where to go

North Sands Business Centre
Suite 2M
Liberty Way
Tyne & Wear
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Referral Details

Referral and availability

A referral needs to be made to the Family Support Manager. Anyone can refer (a family member, friend, health, education or social care professional) provided consent from the family has been given.

Referrals can be made by phone, letter or email. 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.

Who to contact

Contact name             Fiona Walker

Contact position          Family Support Manager

Telephone                   0191 300 1601

E-mail                          Fiona.walker@rainbowtrust.org.uk

Website                       www.rainbowtrust.org.uk


Where to go

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

Admin address for postal referrals:

Suite 2M, North Sands Business Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR6 0QA

Local Offer


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, which may include drop-in groups, family days, trips out or fun activities at home
  • 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

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.

Page last reviewed: 26/08/2020


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