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Hidden Savings: How Rainbow Trust childen's charity save money for the health and social care system

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity provides emotional and practical support to families where a child has a life threatening or terminal illness. We provide ‘social palliative care’, which we define as the essential support that a family needs, and may not recognise, alongside medical care, to face each day as it comes.

Rainbow Trust provides Family Support Workers to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness to help them cope in an extreme and uncertain time. The Family Support Workers do whatever a family needs. They will help families at home, with transport to and from hospital appointments, and attend important appointments with doctors or consultants. They will play with the sick child, look after siblings, take children to and from school, talk to brothers and sisters who struggle to understand what is happening, help a family make memories, and support families to plan for end of life and funerals. Rainbow Trust Family Support Workers fill in the gaps between the hospital and hospice and help link services together.