Our Covid-19 Response Programme
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. Lockdown continues to 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. Continuing our work is paramount as the needs of vulnerable children and families are greater than ever.
Our Short-Term Response
We are adapting our service so we can continue to reach our children and families in several ways…
|Farm-based sessions for individual families||We have sought advice from the Department of Education, and through the lockdown we are able to invite our referred families individually to attend the farm to take part in therapeutic sessions using for the farm animals, gardening and outdoor craft activities. Food packs will be made available for those attending to take home.
Dandelion Time is uniquely placed to be able to offer outside sessions to children and we are able to offer this service at our West Farleigh and Ashford Centres
|Interactive Online Sessions||Families unable to attend on site, for example if a family member is shielding, will attend weekly online interactive sessions, individually or within small groups (groups are only for families who have previously attended together).
They will engage in cooking, storytelling, crafts and gardening and Case Workers will provide ongoing therapeutic support to these ‘at risk’ families and retain an overview of their difficulties.
|Telephone support||We have setup a call centre programme so that referred families receive a weekly phone call and therapeutic support sessions from a caseworker.
We plan to retain our telephone operation permanently as an improvement to normal follow-up procedures, recognising the additional pressures on families due to Covid19 restrictions.
|‘Dandelion Create Time’
|Packs are being sent to families to support the online sessions. These packs include materials and guidance for crafting, cooking and growing and will also give the children and families guidance and materials to undertake meaningful activities between their weekly sessions.
You can order your own pack NOW via the below link by making a £5 small donation (+P&P)
|Virtual Hub||A Virtual Hub has been created on our website which has video resources for our children and families featuring the familiar Dandelion Time animals, recipes, craft activities and stories.
This will be available to our current and past service users to help this through this difficult time.
|Summer Sessions||We will be continuing to run our therapeutic programme throughout the summer holidays to continue our work supporting vulnerable children and their families.
Our aim has been to provide a sense of stability and consistency to the lives of those who need it most when everything around them has been changing.
Our Longer-Term Priorities
As the lockdown eases there will be unprecedented demand for our service as the fragilities of vulnerable children and families are under enormous strain. We are already planning 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.