Growing Hope provides free therapy for children and young people with additional needs and their families, in partnership with local churches, across the UK. Growing Hope aims to grow:
- Hope for Children - We provide free therapy such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and music therapy. These services help children where they're finding things difficult. This can include: improving self esteem, speaking in full sentences, feeding themselves, walking, and sleeping through the night.
- Hope for Families - We support the whole family and provide groups for parents, carers and siblings to process their experience and connect with each other. We know that families of children with additional needs often experience stress, anxiety and loneliness and we want to enable opportunities for positive health and wellbeing.
- Hope in Jesus - We believe Jesus brings hope even in the most challenging situations. We offer to pray for families and support them to access their local church community if they would like to. We are open to people of all faiths and no faith.
“We believe that regardless of background or circumstance every individual with additional needs and their families should receive support in order to live life in all its fullness.” – Growing Hope King’s Cross Trustee
What we have achieved so far?
- Growing Hope has two local clinics. Our Growing Hope King’s Cross clinic supports families in Camden and Islington and our Growing Hope Brockley clinic supports children in Lewisham and Southwark. We have a vision to see 20 free therapy clinics set up across the country by 2030.
- Since our launch in 2017 we have worked with over 300 children, young people, parents and professionals. Our Growing Hope King’s Cross clinic has expanded to offer not only occupational therapy but also physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, music therapy and children’s counselling for families in Camden and Islington.
- In 2019 all of the families we worked with made noticeable improvements. We were able to achieve 89% of the 106 therapy goals set with children and their families. These goals were related to skills such as eating, getting dressed, expressing emotions and writing.
- This month we will be launching our ‘When Dreams Change’ facilitator training. This parents course has been developed by a therapist and counsellor and supports parents of children with additional needs. Individuals will now be able to run this course for local families in their own communities.
“Attending these therapy sessions has taught me so much. I feel that I’m able to interact with my child much more than before, as I have the knowledge and confidence to try the techniques at home.” - Growing Hope Clinic Parent
The disruption and withdrawal of support and services during the global pandemic deepened existing inequalities faced by those with additional needs and their families. The National Autistic Society found that 9 in 10 autistic people worried about their mental health during lockdown and 1 in 5 families had to reduce their work in order to keep up with caring responsibilities. This all comes at a time when research suggests that families of children with additional needs have perceived a reduction in health services over the past few years. In order to support the families that access our services we have offered virtual sessions and parent support. We were also been able to send letters to teaching staff giving specific advice to support children’s transition back to school after the first lockdown. We anticipate our services continuing to evolve, grow and develop as the pandemic continues.
“When I heard about Growing Hope I thought it was too good to be true. I had reservations about asking for help but at that point I was willing to try anything that would help my son and his needs. When I went for my first appointment, the service exceeded my expectations in thousands of ways.” - Growing Hope King's Cross Parent
How can you help?
Your support will enable us to achieve the following aims:
- We want to expand across the country. You can help us meet our vision of 20 free therapy clinics across the country by 2030. Each clinic aims to work with 100 children per year to help them reach their developmental potential.
- We want to further develop our parents courses and support services for parents. At Growing Hope we are passionate about supporting the whole family. We would like to help parents build support networks and grow in confidence. We want to ensure siblings receive the attention they need to thrive. Your funding will help us to develop and expand our courses, our podcast and conduct research into how best to support parents and siblings.
- We would like to continue to grow our team. In order to reach every family who needs us we need to employ more talented people. In the next few years we would like to invest in key members of staff who can help us realise our vision.
Thank you for your support!