Dandelion Time was started in 2003 by Dr Caroline Jessel. Click here to read her story. Since then, we have transformed the lives of over 1,000 vulnerable children and families. Dandelion Time was founded in our country town of Maidstone. Due to growing demand for our programme across Kent, we have opened two further branches. Each of our sites provides a tranquil environment for families to explore and a nurturing team to work with.
The Cottage, also known as our HQ sits within picturesque West Farleigh. Occupying 22 acres of fields, gardens and woodland, this location provides families with opportunities to experiment, play and connect whilst relaxing into the healing embrace of the natural world. Our resident chickens, sheep, donkeys, guinea pigs and two cats ensure there is no shortage of jobs for families to become involved in. From calming crafts to gardening and animal care, families can share new experiences and create memories to carry with them into their futures.
Our site in Ashford is located within the picturesque village of Woodchurch. In a peaceful clearing, lined by old poplar trees and surrounded by rolling fields lies the scout hut that we have partnered with. Here, children and their families can experience the calming and healing activities that the natural world has to offer. Together, families can explore the hidden woodland trails, make use of the fire pits, or cosy up indoors for some natural craft work.
We are delighted to have recently opened our third rural center in North West Kent to serve the needs of families from the Gravesend, Dartford and Medway town areas. The branch is set in a lovely wooded area on the edge of the Shorne Woods County Park, and our visiting children and families are already very busy engaging in nature-based craft activities, care for rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens and are busy cooking and sharing home made lunch together.
Come and Discover Dandelion Time! We hold bi-monthly Open Mornings aimed at professionals and supporters to learn more about our therapeutic work and how you can get involved. Secure your place today by signing up via the link below. It’s quick, simple and will help us plan the day!