At Dandelion Time we have maintained telephone contact with all our families we have worked with since September 2019, to assess vulnerability and need. Where necessary we are supporting by phone and signposting to additional support services and liaising with other professionals involved in the family.
Other support we are providing includes;
Sending out activity packs to all the children which includes seeds to grow, recipes, craft material etc.
Delivering food parcels to families struggling financially.
Making application for Hardship grants for families where appropriate. We are delighted that a number of families have now benefitted from grants.
Directing families to our virtual Hub on website where there are recipes, craft activities and virtual visits to the animals.
Providing bespoke therapeutic sessions for individual families which involves visiting the garden, woods and animals in outdoor space after careful risk assessment.
We are seeing that some families are coping well but others are struggling particularly where there are parental mental health difficulties and where children are on the autistic spectrum.
Some of the most vulnerable children who should be in school are not attending due to parental anxiety about covid but also schools not having capacity and prioritising the children of key workers. We are also seeing an increase in domestic abuse. We believe that once lockdown lifts we will start to see the real impact of social isolation on vulnerable families with increased educational disadvantage and emotional trauma.
We want to let everyone know that we are open and accepting referrals.
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 find out more click here for more information.