The Hope Tree

What our clients have been saying

From our counselling service

We had service from Hope Tree for a Y5 child who had come from a different school and this service was already in place for him. he was a Child in Care and we felt this continuity was important for him and us and that there would be a significant impact. The child enjoyed his sessions and as a child with complex needs, we can only assume that this service supported him and gave him a place away from school and home to gain support and strategies. I have no way of measuring this impact though.

As DSL, designated teacher for children in care, I did meet with Maureen from Hope Tree and feedback was appreciated in terms of how the child viewed school and the impact of the SEN and pastoral support we were also putting in place.

At times more feedback would have been appreciated or sharing of targets for this child e.g.: what the focus of sessions may have been and how this could have been supported after in school however, the child concerned had complex needs so perhaps this wasn't appropriate. I would recommend this service.

Andrea Cooper, Assistant Head Teacher/DSL, Willesborough Junior School

I found this service invaluable during lockdown. Maureen supporting my daughter during this time via Zoom genuinely made a HUGE difference to our family life. I can't thank her enough.

Learnt how to explain my feelings. A nice friend. Happy. Funny.

CT - Parent, and ST - Child

I would recommend your service to others. You offer the children a safe place to open up about their struggles and needs.

N Ostridge (FLO at Great Chart Primary School)

"Maureen has been counselling children here at Beaver Green during the last academic year. She has been a huge support to the children which has had a positive impact on their wellbeing. Her approach to her work has shown compassion and understanding. Maureen also meets with the parents and where applicable supported with referrals for outside agencies. Maureen has worked as an extension to the schools welfare team and has provided a valuable provision which we will continue to access."

Head Teacher, Beaver Green Primary School

"Hope Tree Counselling has played such an important part in helping several of our children.

Maureen's supportive and compassionate approach has improved their wellbeing both in and out of school. They have learnt how to understand their life challenges and find strategies to positively move forward.

We will definitely be recommending Hope Tree Counselling to families in the future."

Lisa French, Family Liaison Officer, Egerton Church of England Primary School

"Maureen was introduced to us by my son’s primary school. When the six weeks were finished we continued to see Maureen on a private basis.

Maureen not only helped my son deal with his strong emotions and sadness, she looked after me too.

She quickly started to understand my son and was so patient and calm. When he wasn’t able to cope with either a whole or part session Maureen would sit with me and talk things through. This was so helpful to me as a new single mum coping with my own sadness too.

I always knew Maureen was there to support us and offer reassurance when things seemed overwhelming. We were so grateful to have Maureen’s gentle nature, kindness and wise words guide us through a difficult time."

LG (Parent)

"My son first began seeing Maureen as he had separation anxiety which made going into school a challenging and unpleasant experience for everyone involved. Maureen slowly built up his confidence and addressed his issues in a sympathetic and sensitive way. He very much began to trust Maureen and her sessions with him had a very positive impact. Maureen is extremely caring and professional and I would very much recommend her services."

Jon (Parent)

"Two of my children spent time with Maureen from the Hopetree after my husband and I separated. During a very difficult time, Maureen created a safe space for my children, in which they felt comfortable enough to confide their feelings and share any worries they had. Maureen also supported me during this time, especially with regard to how best to help my kids through the toughest days. I was extremely grateful for the support and would recommend Maureen to anyone who finds themselves with a similar need."

CH (Parent)

It helped me seeing Maureen because it has taught me to express my feelings and what's on my mind.

-Child

From our Activity Days

Children:

- Thank you for a great day, Jasmin, Walter & Jesica

- Thank you for the lovely day, Ellie & Alfie

- Great place and I liked juggling and hula hooping, Bethany

- I enjoyed the hula hooping and spinning plates, Cameron

- Amazingly fun, Super, Great, Fantastic, Brilliant, Awesome, Very lovely thanks, I love it.

- [What did you enjoy?] Sewing and card making, Painting, I loved playing, I enjoyed the family tree and the creative things, Snakes and ladders, Sewing my pillow, I loved the day it was amazing, Friends, I was happy because it was fun, Cool.

Parents/Carers:

They all had a great time... and I love the packs that you put together with everything in... brilliant idea and very thoughtful. Thank you for all you and everyone has done to make these activities possible even though it's a little more difficult to achieve. These days we have to adapt to what's going on with all this Covid... but it seems we are all finding ways to overcome the difficulties that the virus is causing. Here are some pics of the kids...I even got ME to be in a pic.

TM - Parent

Thanks for today. Rian had a great time. Sorry we couldn't get our sound to work but we enjoyed it nonetheless.
See our baking turned out really well (and I never bake). We will make these again because they were so easy.
All the activities were great!

AM - Parent

Thank you for these past few days of activities and story telling. We have really enjoyed them and it’s been great having the supplies and ingredients pre prepared for each day which takes stress out of organising family activities.

MG - Parent

Story time was lovely. My daughter absolutely loves reading so that was her favourite part.
We really enjoyed it. The fact you do it all for free is amazing and you truly are generous and thoughtful people. We really appreciated the efforts you guys went to for us, and we would absolutely love to join in again!
I would 100% recommend you to a friend and I already have spoken about the Services to several family members and how amazed I am by what you have done for us all.

GR - Parent

"We had a good time, thank you!",

"We had so much fun, and we learnt sign language for the 1st time today. We would come again.",

"A fantastic event! I look forward to hearing about more 100% recommend.",

"Great I had the opportunity to do some activities with my children, quality time spent together",

“Thank you very much, also for organising lunch. It helps.”,

“I enjoyed it and my daughter did as well. Well organised half-term event.”,

“All children and adults had fun, activities according to their abilities or working as a group.”,

“Well put together and a great opportunity to bond with my daughter.”

Our Clients: past and present

Beaver Green Primary School

Brabourne Primary School

Capel-le-Ferne Primary School

Chilham St. Mary's

Great Chart Primary School

Willesborough Junior School

Victoria Road Primary School

Wye Free School

Egerton Primary School

Towers School

Repton Manor Primary School

Ashford St. Mary's

St. Michaels Primary School

Our Funders

Kent Community Foundation

The Pack Family Endowment Fund

Ashford Borough Council

Ashford Holiday Kitchen


The Hope Tree Affiliations:

  • - British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • - We abide by the BACP ethical framework for counselling and psychotherapy.