The Mission began a 'pilot' RAINBOWS program in 1995 in one local primary school and since then has been involved in 12 primary schools, 1 high school, a church community and has conducted small groups on the Mission premises.
The program's aim is to help children and young people to work through their grief, express their feelings and fears, begin the healing process and develop coping skills.
Recently a letter was received from a parent who says, "I wish to express my appreciation of the City Mission for the work being conducted through the Rainbows program in primary schools. As a recently separated parent my 9 year old son recently participated in the program at Evandale Primary School. His response to the program was overwhelmingly positive and although I am not entirely familiar with the content I feel he has grown through it, gained in self esteem and it has allowed him to address sensitive issues in a positive and constructive way. As a reserved and sometimes non-communicative boy he looked forward to the session each week. I hope many more children continue to benefit from it".
We believe this process helps to prevent long term difficulties, as issues such as grief and family breakdown which are not resolved, tend to erupt later in life and can be the trigger to homelessness, drug abuse, alcoholism and sometimes suicide.
The Mission has undertaken to run this program and supports it from its own resources, with transport, training, materials etc.
There is increasing demand for the program with an average of 120 - 130 children per year. We have seen a growing waiting list with there currently being 30 children.
Download the Rainbows brochure for further information.
While you/or your partner are working, at an appointment, studying or simply having a short break, you can be confident you child is in good hands. Under the supervision of professionally trained child carers, children are given the opportunity to mix and play with others, which helps to develop healthy attitudes and equip them with positive social skills.
The relaxed, family atmosphere of the Playhouse promotes a feeling of security and comfort where the children are free to learn and explore. We know how important families are and we encourage family members to share in the caring while their children are with us.
Safety is of major importance at the Playhouse and all of our facilities meet or exceed the required standard. Safety features include secure perimeter fences, “softfall” around play equipment and carers outside with the children at all times.
The children's wellbeing is our primary focus whilst they are under our care. Whilst at the Playhouse provides a well-balanced and nutritional hot lunch, mornign and afternoon snacks; there is a good mixture of activity and rest, all based around the child’s interests and developmental needs.