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Stormbirds is a small group education program based on the belief that grief is a normal response to change, loss and uncertainty that often results from natural disasters. Children, young people and adults benefit from learning about how natural disasters can impact their lives. As part of the Seasons for Growth suite of programs, Stormbirds provides an opportunity for participants to learn the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to understand and respond well to such experiences.

The program is called 'Stormbirds' after a bird of the same name (also known as the eastern Koel). These birds are believed to foreshadow coming storms by their calls, fleeing to safety and only returning when catastrophic events have passed.

The Stormbirds program creates a safe space for children and young people to practice new ways of thinking and responding to change and loss following natural disaster events. The program is child-centred and evidence-based, relying on research and learning processes that are consistent with high quality psychosocial education. It has a sound curriculum structure incorporating a range of age-appropriate activities including writing, drawing, discussion, stories and music.

Children’s learning is largely generated through these activities and the conversations that emerge from stories shared, questions asked, skills learned and friendships developed. Professionals attend training in Stormbirds to deliver the program to children and young people in their schools, health and community organisations.

"The most important thing I learned in my group was how to cope with change, adapt to change and find new ways to deal with change."

Stormbirds participant, six years old

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Godelieve Hofman-Verkuyl
Programs & Partnerships Coordinator

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Louise Hall
Program & Partnership Lead

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Michael Hoffman
Programs & Partnerships Coordinator

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Fiona McCallum
General Manager – Seasons for Growth Suite of Programs, Stormbirds, Seasons for Healing

MacKillop Family Services acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the communities where we work.

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