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A Therapeutic Sanctuary for Vulnerable Children

by Dr Caroline Jessel in West Farleigh, England, United Kingdom


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We are raising funds to create a safe therapeutic sanctuary for children impacted by violence and abuse.

by Dr Caroline Jessel in West Farleigh, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Create raised vegetable planters so children and families can plant, harvest and cook healthy and nutritious food.

The growing, harvesting and preparing of food is an integral part of the therapeutic programme at Dandelion Time. Absorbing children in calming hands-on activities such as kneading bread and sowing seeds helps to awaken their senses. Eating together can be a new experience for some children and this is a successful way for families to spend time together in a relaxed and positive way, helping them to rebuild and strengthen relationships.

Who we are

Dandelion Time is a unique farm-based charity working with the most vulnerable children affected by trauma and emotional difficulties. To find out more please visit our website

What we do

Children spend time on our farm with animals and crafts to overcome emotional difficulties, grow in confidence and begin to love and trust again.

Therapists guide families to harness the healing powers of the natural world using materials such as wood, wool and clay, to care for animals and to grow and eat healthy food thus laying down new positive memories. 

Who we work with 

Dandelion Time offers help to children with very challenging emotional issues, often resulting from trauma, violence or serious health difficulties in the family. 

Our approach is family- based, our team of professional staff and trained volunteers work closely with the children and their families, providing support and creating opportunities to re-establish strong family relationships.


“You transform and change lives and bring out the best in people. I just needed one person to believe in me when I couldn’t and to love me when I couldn’t love myself” 

“Dandelion was incredible in both helping not only my daughter but myself in such a calm nurturing environment, where you can make and create, prepare food, Craft making, be free of all thoughts and concerns.”

“I wish I could stay forever”

Outcomes for children 

78% Improved Emotional Wellbeing

85% Improved Self Esteem 

92% Improved Confidence 

View our full Impact Report here

What we are fundraising for

In 2020 Dandelion Time moved to a new site encompassing 22 acres of farm and woodland which houses the charity’s farm animals along with several derelict outbuildings, which are being re-developed to create a new long-term centre for children and families as follows:

  • Bramley Barn: A large stone barn which is currently being re-developed to form the main space for the charity’s therapeutic work with families, providing an adaptable craft work and eating space.
  • Stable Craft Studio: Located across a small courtyard from Bramley Barn, a 3-bay stable building will be converted to form additional craft space and a store.   
  • Pottery Building: A brick outbuilding will be upgraded with a new roof and new windows and doors to provide a flexible craft and pottery space.  

These spaces will all be available to the local community for meetings and other activities enabling Dandelion Time to strengthen our connections with the community and also increase funds to support our work with vulnerable children and families.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

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A Dandelion Time tea towel

A beautiful tea towel designed by Paula George. The design uses a unique Dandelion print.

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A Dandelion Time Double Oven Glove

A beautiful double oven glove designed by Paula George. The design uses a unique Dandelion print.

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