Stormbirds provides an opportunity for children and young people who have experienced a natural disaster to share their experiences of change and loss in safe and creative ways, understand and attend to their feelings, and learn skills for adapting and recovering. This takes place in an atmosphere of like-to-like peer support.
"After participating in the Stormbirds programme the children have become less anxious and more open to expressing their feelings.
The programme has helped relieve the trauma of this devastating event." John Collis, Principal, Yarloop Primary School
The Stormbirds program has two levels, catering for both primary and secondary school students:
Level 1 ages 5-10 years
Level 2 ages 11-16 years
Stormbirds is delivered over four sessions in which children learn about:
Session 1 - Change, a natural part of life
Session 2 - Feelings and responses
Session 3 - Memories and support
Session 4 - Reconnecting
"Ive learned that even when stuff gets hard you've still got people to look after you." (Primary student, Christchurch, New Zealand)
Stormbirds in your school or community
Through the generosity of Good Grief's many supporters, Stormbirds training and materials are available free of charge to schools and agencies supporting children and young people after a natural disaster.
Please contact the Good Grief National Office for more details about accessing Stormbirds for your school or community.
Donations to support the work of this program are gratefully received.