Category: Stories

Harry & The Bird Hide

A little boy had been coming to Dandelion Time alongside his two younger siblings and his Mum. Harry had a diagnosis of ADHD and ODD among many others. Harry’s behaviour had been described as challenging both at school and at

Jamie’s Story

Jamie was aged just 11 when he was referred to Dandelion Time with his Dad Sean. The family were overwhelmed by the heart- breaking loss of Jamie’s mother. Since her death Jamie felt unable to go to school.  It seemed like

Sam Rebuilds

At age 6, Sam had already experienced an overwhelming amount of emotional strain.  For the first five years of his life Sam’s mum, Nicky, had a very controlling and dominating partner.  Additionally, post-natal depression and ongoing mental health difficulties had

Leah rekindles relationships

At age 11, Leah was battling with an uncontrollable inner turmoil that no child should have to bear.  When she was referred to Dandelion Time she had poor school engagement, was struggling to form and maintain friendships and slowly drifting

Ben’s journey

At six years old, Ben had experienced a life that no child should ever have had to endure. Ben was born into a world of violence and abuse, where he remained there for his first three years of life.  Ben

Amy, a troubled start in life

Amy was troubled and very sad when she came to Dandelion Time.  Her progress is a testament to the work that she, her carers and the Therapeutic Team did to help her move into a more hopeful and trusting future.

Karl, violent fantasy games to full-time schooling

Sheep following child

Karl, aged 8, came to Dandelion Time as a very traumatised boy with worrying behaviour, unable to be calm or to concentrate. He was constantly running, moving and using fantasised violent play which involved acting out a variety of characters.

John, the gifted chippy

John, 13, is a bright boy who lives with his foster Mum Fran as he was taken into care at the age of 7. He had never developed many interests, preferring instead to stay in his room when not at

Penny, little mum at age 10

Apple tree

Penny started her day by waking her brother and sister, aged 7 and 8, making them breakfast with whatever food she could find, and getting them ready for school, leaving her Mum Kath asleep on the sofa. This wasn’t her