Impact 2018

Dandelion Time’s work with referred families has consistently helps 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.

They learn how to express their feelings in non-destructive ways, build relationships with their peers whilst gaining new skills and interests.

Crucially, supportive and caring therapeutic staff and volunteers provide positive role models and present a caring model of adulthood for children to aspire to, sometimes following years of negative experiences.

Regular evaluation of our work indicates that children and young people are less fearful, are able to self-regulate their behaviour, and gain a belief that they are able to achieve in life.

“Dandelion Time is now a leader in showing how agencies can work with children and families fragmented by neglect, abuse and trauma. Three particular strengths in the approaches are central: providing nature-based environments for physical activity, building social engagement into days to learn and develop new relations with others, and craft-based activities for the cognitive and emotional benefits of building, shaping and caring for things.” Professor Jules Pretty, University of Essex

Dandelion Time monitors the impact of our work in several ways.

As well as personal emotional, behavioural and relationship ‘Goals’ (Goal-based Outcomes), which are set individually with families and scored at the start and end of the programme, we also monitor and score a range of emotional and behavioural outcomes for each child, assessed through child/family feedback, staff observations and feedback from professionals.

We also use CORS (Child Outcome Rating Scale), a mental health measurement tool which measures the impact of the service on emotional wellbeing, resilience and functioning using the child’s feedback.

The programmes provided by Dandelion Time have continued to bring about positive changes over the last year.

As a result of attending the programme in 2018:

  • 85% of children had improved emotional wellbeing.
  • 79% of children had increased confidence and self-esteem.
  • 76% of children had improved behaviour at home.
  • 66% had stronger relationships with their carer/s.
Our Impact

“Dandelion offers a unique combination of…systemic work with families and the use of the natural environment. There are few or no directly comparable services, certainly not locally.”
Joanna Apps, Canterbury Christ Church University (2016)

Internal evaluation is supported by Independent research of Dandelion Time every 2-3 years.

Canterbury Christchurch University (CCU) undertook research in 2016-17, and further research by the Centre for Environment and Society, University of Essex, is underway.

“The outcome [of the service] is a long-lasting sense of hope and a greater resilience that better equips these traumatised young people to cope…”. Ascolta Research

Our Impact
Impact 2018

Impact 2018

Our Impact in 2018 in numbers
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Stories

Stories

We invite you to read or watch some of the heart warming stories of children that come to Dandelion Time and the positive impact we have had on their lives
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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...]