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

Why 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 14.4% 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.

 

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[1] Horridge, K., Dew, R., Chatelin, A. (2017) 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 (2017) Special Educational Needs in England: January 2017. 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