Growing Hope is a charity providing 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 through the provision of free therapy clinics for 0-18 year olds with a range of additional needs including physical, learning, mental health and undiagnosed needs. Therapy provision could include occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, music therapy, children's counselling and other therapies to support children and their families.
-Hope for families through the provision of groups and support for parents, carers and siblings to have the opportunity to connect, share and reflect on their experiences. We have written courses and groups with counsellors specific to processing our experiences. When Dreams Change is a course about thinking through how our hopes and dreams change when we have a child who has additional needs. Our siblings group uses puppets and creative means to enable children to express themselves. We also run Circle of Security, a research-based parenting course, which enables parents to develop secure attachments with their children.
-Hope in Jesus through the opportunity to receive prayer at the end of sessions and support to access church if this is something that families would like to do. We believe that Jesus brings hope in the world and loves and values each and every individual and this is something that we want to share. Growing Hope is open to all individuals regardless of their background and anyone is welcome to accept or refuse prayer and the opportunity to attend church.
Growing Hope was founded in 2017 and currently has two local clinics: Growing Hope King's Cross and Growing Hope Brockley. Growing Hope has a vision to set up 20 local clinics across the UK by 2030. Growing Hope exists to bridge the gap where NHS services are currently stretched and cannot provide all the intervention and support that families of children with additional needs experience.