Our work

For many children, there has never been a greater opportunity for learning, for grasping exciting new challenges, developing skills, forming friendships and making the most of life.

There are however others, who every day face extreme personal difficulties, often struggling with emotional or behavioural issues leading to problems at home and in maintaining a place at school. Such predicaments may have arisen as a result of troubles in the home environment, bereavement, parental complications or more seriously abuse, neglect or the effects of domestic violence. Parents and carers may be unable to cope sometimes with serious health concerns of their own.
Children may be showing signs of their distress by hitting out or hiding away, through self harming or displaying inappropriate behaviour. They are often socially isolated and have been shunned by their peers, their difficulties leading to repeated exclusions or refusal to engage at school or with activities away from home.

Dandelion Time provides a vital and indispensable service for the whole family with the child’s emotional, educational and developmental needs in the centre.
Based in a peaceful rural farm setting, the children will grow in confidence and develop their sense of self worth and awaken their creative potential. We want to see children re-engage positively at school and at home. We want children to take care of themselves,of others around them and of the environment they live in.

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Dandelion Time’s unique approach seeks to address the young person’s issues by working with the whole family viewing the child’s emotional or behavioural difficulties as symptomatic of a problem or problems that may well reside within the wider family.
For this reason Dandelion Time engages with parents, grandparents, siblings and other’s important in the life of the child.

How we work

How we work

Dandelion Time works with the child and the wider family, believing that family relationships and bonds are vital in helping a child overcome their difficulties and are often a key factor in their issues.[ Read more... ]

Who we work with

Who we work with

The children we work with have often been affected by the harshest personal circumstances, having been traumatised by experiences including physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, or neglect.[ Read more... ]

Our people

Our people

Dandelion Time’s committed team of Trustees, staff, sessional workers and volunteers provide a high degree of experience and expertise in all areas of the charities work.[ Read more... ]

How we're funded

How we're funded

Our funding comes from a range of different sources. Learn more about how we’re funded[ Read more... ]

Meet the team

The Therapeutic Team

The Therapeutic Team

  Our Team is highly qualified and experienced in the provision of individual and group therapeutic work with vulnerable adults, children[ Read more...]

Our Volunteers

Our Volunteers

In 2018, over 4000 hours were donated by volunteers, with a further 2,300 hours from corporate volunteers in our community. How[ Read more...]

Fundraising

Fundraising

Our energetic Fundraising Team organises our varied and interesting events calendar, as well as managing relationships with the organisations and[ Read more...]

Finance and Operations

Finance and Operations

Julia White (standing) is our Finance Officer, in charge of our day to day accounting procedures, including counting all the[ Read more...]

Management Team

Management Team

Graham Carpenter BEM CEO A founding member, Graham is an experienced leader in charitable and commercial organisations. The last twenty years he[ Read more...]

Our Trustees

Our Trustees

Dr Caroline Jessel, Chairman As a former local GP Caroline has a strong commitment to improving the health and emotional well being[ Read more...]