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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 eighteen 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.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Sean Tansey
Contact Position
Family Support Manager
Rainbow Trust Children's Charity website

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 activities


Where to go

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
Chambers Business Centre
Chapel Road

This venue is administrative only purposes.  

Support is provided in family homes and in the community, with drop-in groups at various times and venues.

Time / Date Details

Time of day
Session Information
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



No cost to service user


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.


 Last updated: 12 Oct 2020