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Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

Rainbow Trust provides emotional and practical support to families whose son or daughter is affected by a life threatening or terminal illness. Support is parent/carer led to ensure our Family Support Workers offer support that is specifically tailored towards each child, young person and parent/carer in the family.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Fiona Walker
0191 3324085

Where to go

Rainbow Trust Childrens Charity
Forster House
Finchale Road
Newton Hall

Local Offer


Family Support is available to families whose son or daughter is affected by a life threatening illness. This includes parents, carers, the unwell child, brothers, sisters, grandparents and helping extended family members to support each other.

Any family can receive support from the point of their child/young person's diagnosis, (including antenatal and neonatal periods when diagnosis has been made) and support for young people during transition towards adult services up to the age of 18.

Rainbow Trust describes life threatening conditions as those for which curative treatment may be feasible but might fail, for example cancer or irreversible organ failure. Severe neurological conditions may also be deemed life threatening once their cumulative effecfts cause weakness and susceptibility to major health complications.

Support is available from Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm. Some Family Support work visits may be for an hour, others the whole day. The frequency and duration of support is planned in accordance with family choice, Rainbow Trust's prioritisation of support to families, and staff availability.

Rainbow Trust operates a 24 hour service for families in crisis, which includes a dedicated on call number and the possibility of extended hours of family support during evenings and weekends. Some flexibility is at times exercised at the Family Support Workers discretion, on a day to day basis, depending on family circumstances. We will support families for as long as is needed, from diagnosis to cure, or throughout times of of bereavement and post bereavement.

Contact Name
Fiona Walker
Contact Telephone
0191 3324085
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years
SEN Provision Type

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