07496 528506 | Growing Hope - Free therapy clinics for children and their families

About Us…

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, hope for families and hope in Jesus. We grow hope for children through the provision of free therapy services such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech & language therapy, music therapy and children’s counselling. We grow hope for families through the provision of groups for parents, carers and siblings which give them the opportunity to connect with each other and share their experiences. We also aim to grow hope in Jesus. We offer to pray for every family and support them to access their local church community if they would like to.

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Hope for Children

Free therapy services such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and counselling can all enable children to reach their developmental potential. 

Hope for Families

We understand that families of children with additional needs can experience increased pressure and stress. Growing Hope supports siblings and parents through groups and courses.

Hope in Jesus

We believe that Jesus offers hope to everyone and that he knows and loves each of us; our therapists are motivated by this. Growing Hope is open for all regardless of their beliefs.

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Stories

We love sharing stories from our clinics with you. It is so important to celebrate the amazing progress children and their families are making in their therapy sessions. We have a page dedicated to our Stories here. 

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The Beginning

Growing Hope was founded by Dr Naomi Graham, children’s occupational therapist, in December 2017. Two dedicated boards of trustees set up the first two charities – Growing Hope (umbrella organisation) and Growing Hope King’s Cross (the first local clinic). Growing Hope is a charity which provides free therapy for children and young people with additional needs in partnership with local churches across the UK. Growing Hope aims to grow hope for children, hope for families and hope in Jesus.

Naomi had been working both within the NHS and private settings where many families were stuck on long waiting lists, or had not been getting the support and intervention they needed. She had seen the local church bridge the gap in healthcare services whilst visiting Thailand and India and felt encouraged that this may be possible within the UK. Naomi’s desire to see all families have the healthcare support that they need, and to know they are loved and cared for, led to the vision for Growing Hope.

The Need

Both research and experience suggests that families with children who have additional needs are experiencing a reduction in health service provision [1]. But the need remains: the Department for Education suggests that currently 14.9% of pupils within the education system in the UK have special educational needs [2], and the Office of National Statistics reports that 17.9% of the general population of England and Wales has a disability that impacts their everyday life [3].

Growing Hope aims to bridge the gap between need and provision by providing complimentary therapy services, such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and counselling, to enable children to reach their developmental potential.

Holistic Care

Early Christians shaped and contributed to the provision of healthcare for those who were ill or had disabilities [4], leading to a more holistic view of treatment that looked at an individual’s spiritual as well as physical and mental wellbeing. Current restrictions to services means that it is difficult for healthcare providers to adequately give such care.

Growing Hope aims to provide treatment that considers all aspects of the lives of the children, young people and their families who come through the service. We understand that such families often experience increased stress as carers, and want to support siblings and parents of children with additional needs through counselling, support groups and courses (such as the Circle of Security Course), and exploring spiritual wellbeing.

What we believe 

We believe that Jesus offers hope to everyone and that he knows and loves each of us. Motivated by this hope, the therapists working for Growing Hope will offer to pray for those who come to the clinic. We want people to feel comfortable and will always allow you to choose whether you participate or not. Everyone is welcome at Growing Hope clinics regardless of their beliefs.

Growing Hope is motivated by Christian faith and the advancement of faith is therefore part of the charity objectives. We believe that God has created every individual and longs to be in relationship with them, and that Jesus came to earth, died and rose again in order that we can have relationship with Him. We live out that relationship with the help of the Holy Spirit, and in community with other Christians, seeking to live the way that Jesus taught, as recorded in the Bible.

At Growing Hope, we believe that being a part of local church community is an essential part of living a Christian life. Therefore, every local Growing Hope is set up and run through a local church and each lead therapist is part of the staff team at that church. Part of their role is to make their church more accessible for children and young people with additional needs. They work at the service on a Sunday to make sure that families can come along to church if they would like to and receive the support that they need while they are there.

If you have more questions about faith, you can contact your local church through your Growing Hope clinic.

What have we done so far?

Please find our annual reports which summarise our work to date here.

[1] Horridge, K., Dew, R., Chatelin, A. (2019) Enablers and challenges to inclusion and access to services for disabled children and young people in times of austerity: the experiences of families and professionals across Europe. European Academy of Childhood Disability Conference, June 2017.

[2] Department for Education (2019) Special Educational Needs in England: January 2019. London: Department for Education.

[3] Office for National Statistics (2011) Disability in England and Wales: 2011 and comparison with 2001. London: Office for National Statistics.

[4] Knowles, R. (2016) the Christian contribution to healthcare. nucleus – Freshers edition. p52-55