Stormbirds is a small group program that is based on the belief that change and loss are part of life, and grief is a normal response to these losses. Stormbirds provides children and young people who have lived through a natural disaster the opportunity and suppoort to examine the impact of this experience on their lives.
The program allows young people to understand and manage the changes they experience as a result of a natural disaster. This enables them to realise they are not alone in dealing with the impact, and supports them in developing coping, problem solving and decision making skills 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:
Level 1 5-10 years
Level 2 11-16 years
It is delivered to small groups over four sessions:
Session 1 - Change, a natural part of life
Session 2 - Feelings and responses
Session 3 - Memories and support
Session 4 - Reconnecting
A trained Companion facilitates the process, providing a safe and creative way to explore feelings, memories and the loss and grief associated with experiencing a natural disaster.
"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 in support of this program are gratefully received.