Dandelion Time’s Response to COVID-19
These are challenging and uncertain times for us all, and like the rest of the world Dandelion Time is adapting by providing additional services to meet the challenges of Coronavirus.
Continuing our work is paramount as the needs of vulnerable children and families are greater than ever.
Lockdown will have an impact on many of the children and families we are working with. We all become vulnerable as we are contained within our homes. We know this can lead to increased reports of mental health difficulties, along with accounts of domestic violence and abuse. At this time, many are unable to access face to face support from family and friends, whilst having limited access to open spaces, sunshine and the benefits that come with the natural world.
Our short-term response during lockdown
We are adapting our service so we can continue to reach our children and families in several ways…
- Right now we are delivering some therapeutic sessions remotely via video conferencing. These have been very successful. Our children and
families said that they really enjoyed their virtual session and they were looking forward to it all week.
- We will be supporting these sessions with ‘Dandelion Create Time’ Packs that will be posted to our families. These packs will support the remote therapeutic sessions and will also give the children and families guidance and materials to undertake meaningful activities between their weekly sessions. The packs will include materials and guidance for crafting, cooking and growing.
- We have had authorisation from the Department of Education that we can operate outdoor therapeutic sessions for one family at a time at our Centre in West Farleigh. This is wonderful news as the families can interact with our donkeys, sheep, chickens and guinea pigs as well as engaging in certain craft activities. The health and wellbeing of our client families, staff and volunteers is at the forefront of our minds duringthe current world health situation and we will adhere to all current government guidelines. We have introduced stringent measures to ensure the safety of all who visit Dandelion Time during this period.
- Our volunteers have been
developing short ‘Dandelion Create Time’ videos that show how to make some of our well-loved recipes and craft activities. We hope this video content will also be relevant to our past families who will be able to re-live some of the calming and productive activities that they participated in during their time with us . These videos are being posted regularly on social media and will soon be able to be accessed via our NEW Dandelion Create Time hub on the website which is coming soon – watch this space for the launch!
- Our Gardener,Michelle, is videoing the animals at Dandelion Time so our children and families can see their favourite animals at large, enjoying their interactions and mealtimes
Our longer-term response post lockdown
When the lockdown ends there will be unprecedented demand for our service as the fragilities of vulnerable children are families are under enormous strain. We are looking ahead to expand our capacity and be able to offer more sessions to meet the increased need.
If you are able to support us during this challenging period we would be most grateful. A donation however big or small will make a difference so we can continue our work to restore the lives of vulnerable of children and families for years to come.