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
"Having feelings is okay, and I can tell people what I feel." (Primary student, 2011)
"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
Please contact Good Grief for more details about accessing Stormbirds for your school or community.
Support the program and communities
Donations to support the work of this program are gratefully received.
To discuss funding the Stormbirds program
To facilitate the Stormbirds program you need to train to become a Companion. Training is available for all our programs.