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.
Dandelion Time has received funding from the Police Commissioner’s fund to support children and families who have been victims of domestic abuse, We are welcoming referrals for families, with past experience of domestic abuse, who are beginning to rebuild their lives. Our aim is to help families recover from their trauma, have the time and space to trust again and to build relationships through our unique, therapeutic programme in the natural environment.
To make refer a family please visit our Referral Page
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.
|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.
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.