Our Covid-19 Response Programme
We have responded to Covid-19 by adapting our therapeutic programme delivery; offering 1:1 sessions in place of multi-family work. From April we will be accommodating small multi-family sessions.
These have been and continue to be challenging and uncertain times for us all. Like the rest of the world Dandelion Time has adapted to meet the challenges of the Coronavirus. Throughout lockdown we remained open to support the children and families who need us.
We are aware of the challenges that both lockdown and the return to school has placed on families. For many children, a return to school is a most welcome experience with a re-introduction to friends and the learning environment. For others, this may be a different experience and could feel like a real challenge. We are here for those families who are feeling overwhelmed and whose children are finding it difficult to re-engage with their schooling.
As restrictions continue to fluctuate, we are considering the impacts of the covid pandemic on the service we provide, the health and wellbeing of the children and families seeking our support and our staff. It has been well documented that there has been a rise in domestic abuse during the lockdown period, which together with the isolation faced by vulnerable children and adults has meant they have sometimes had no escape from violence and fear. For families who have been able to seek help and support and are beginning to make their journey of recovery, Dandelion Time offers a nurturing and healing space to start to recover and find new hope.
How We Are Working Currently
Beginning after April we will be accommodating small multi-family groups once again. We are fortunate enough to rely on the strength and consistency of the natural world to provide an environment for families to experiment with activities and interactions with a sense of nurture and safety. These concentrated opportunities allowing families time and space are vital in supporting children to begin healing.
Additional Support Provided
Families unable to attend on site, for example if a family member is shielding, will attend 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.
Families receive a weekly phone call and therapeutic support sessions from a caseworker.
|‘Dandelion Craft Time’
Packs have been 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.
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 is available to our current and past service users to help this through this difficult time.
Our Longer-Term Priorities
As we imagined, there has been unprecedented demand for our service, recognising the fragilities of vulnerable children and families who have been under enormous strain. We will continue to adapt our service as required to meet the need 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.