Our impact

A child at Dandelion Time learning to grow plants - we are one of the leading Kent charities for children's mental health.

Our work with referred families has consistently helped highly troubled children and families overcome trauma and lead more positive lives.Many children and young people have been able to progress with a more positive outlook in school, at home and in the community.
Regular evaluation of our work indicates that children and young people are less fearful, are able to self regulate their behaviour and manage their feelings, and gain a belief that they are able to achieve in life.

Over 15 years, our unique approach has proved successful for many families.

We monitor and score a range of outcomes individually for children, assessed through child/family feedback, session records, staff observations and feedback from professionals.

Internal measures are supported by Independent evaluation of Dandelion Time every few years.  Evaluation has shown significant improvements in emotional well-being and behaviour in children.   Research by the Dartington Social Research Unit, University of Greenwich, Ascolta Research and Canterbury Christ Church University has noted the effective and unique nature Dandelion Time’s service, and its success in helping children recover from trauma and thrive.

 “All [professionals] made positive comments on the effectiveness of DT [and]…the ability of DT to get families engaged.  There are accounts of family relationships improving, of the behaviour of a child changing dramatically and of more satisfying relationships.  Schools were very positive and used terms like ‘invaluable’, ‘the magic place’, ‘nothing else like it’.  DT was generally considered to have made an impact by offering a service at a level breadth and intensity which other agencies cannot offer”.  

Professor Carl Parsons, Research Centre for Children, Schools and Families, University of Greenwich.

Dandelion Time has continued to bring about positive changes in personal outcomes for most of the children attending.

At Dandelion Time, one of the top Kent children's charities, we help vulnerable children by using the natural world.