Last year Rainbow Trust spent 3,259 hours supporting siblings of terminally ill children.
At Rainbow Trust we recognise that it is not only the sick child who is affected by illness - it impacts on everyone in the family. We know that siblings feel worried about their brother or sister and fearful about illness changing their family life. Rainbow Trust Family Support Workers get to know all the family members and spend time with brothers and sisters, helping them to understand their siblings' illness and providing the opportunity to ask any questions they may have. Playing games, day trips and one to one support are ways in which our Family Support Workers reduce sibling stress and increase opportunities for leisure activities.
Rainbow Trust's unique and individual support benefits siblings by improving their relationships with sick brothers and sisters through increased communication between parents and brothers and sisters about their worries and illness. Family Support Workers empower siblings with the skills to help themselves at difficult times by giving them time just for themselves.
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