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Christ Community Church - Rainbows programs for kids ages 4 + and their parents

Our next program  starts February, 2016

If you still want to register for the community program starting first week of February - there may still be spaces available.

contact us by email:
or phone: 250-751-7888
We welcome you to call or email our Program Director and Community Coordinator, Isabel VanGrootheest at: 250.751.7888 or if you have any questions about the program or about different locations of the program in Nanaimo or Vancouver Island.
At Rainbows Nanaimo, it is important for us to connect directly with you as you begin to consider this program for your child, teen and possibly yourself. Many schools in School District 68 are also offering the program. Please check with your child's school, with their principal or CYC worker.

12 week program at no charge
Ages 4 and up: parent groups may be available

Contact us:   250-751-7888 
find us on facebook - rainbowsnanaimo

RAINBOWS peer support groups offer children the following benefits:

-a caring adult facilitator to attentively listen no matter what the child's circumstances and reasons for loss & grief 
-awareness of feelings – naming, acknowledging, expressing and managing them
-learn appropriate coping mechanisms
-reducing depression, anxiety and stress
-management of anger
-positive direction during their journey toward reconciling their loss
-encourages positive behavior
-unconditional acceptance in the group
-develop and strengthen problem-solving skills
-develop positive goals for themselves
-increased self-esteem
-confidential expression of grief
-provide a safe environment to share personal stories
-understand how to communicate verbally and through listening  learn how to be compassionate to others
-work through a journal to write or draw feelings for understanding and release
-improved communication in peer and family relationships
-improved school attendance and academic performance 
-opportunity to meet new friends who have shared experiences
emotional healing
-understanding that their community cares
                                          Have fun and great snacks!

Contact us for program Info


12 WEEK session Jan-April,  2015 is on the way
If you have a child or teen who wants to attend the program please email us your information, as we are looking to start another site and/or add more groups. When we have your information we'll do our best to keep you up to date.


If you choose to attend Rainbows (ages 5-12) or Spectrum (ages 13-18) at your child's school,
Please check with your child's school if they offer the program. You can ask the school's Principal or Child & Youth Care worker/ School counselor who the Coordinator is so they can discuss availability with you.

Spectrum (Rainbows program for teens) on hold
Hoping to start groups sometime in the Fall!

South Side Teen Centre on 20 fifth street

Contact Hayden for information/registration
We hope to offer parent (of the teens participating) support groups in the future.

 Also: for any information on Rainbows programs in Nanaimo and Central Vancouver Island.
Rainbows has Grief Support Group curricula for all ages
check with us for programs in your area
free of charge, 
registration needed.

Isabel VanGrootheest
Rainbows Registered Director for Canada

SPRING program 2014

Once families are registered we'll start the session as soon as we can, 
we usually meet on Tuesday evenings. 

RAINBOWS at Community site for 25 years

Community Site starts 12 week programs in September and again in January every year
Let us know if you want to participate, we continue to look for more opportunities.
community site at:
 Christ Community church 
2221 Bowen Road, Nanaimo
Kids ages 4 and up
Parent groups available
Program will run on Tuesday evenings
need to register
Coordinator: Isabel
any questions?

Schools in District 68 offering Rainbows and Spectrum

About 20 schools in District 68 are running the program during or after school time, please check with your child's school if they will offer Rainbows/ Spectrum (for teens).
The school's principal and/or Child and Youth care workers will have the information.
If a school is interested in offering the program to their students and are not an official Rainbows site they can contact Isabel VanGrootheest or Robin Smith, who are Registered Directors for Rainbows Canada.
They will provide information and training.