What we do
We provide clinics in acupuncture, creative arts therapy and counselling, homeopathy, herbal medicine and cranial osteopathy/osteopathy for babies, children and young people.
We deliver 2,000 appointments every year across all therapies.
70% of patients are between 0-4 years of age.
Appointments are offered from our busy central Brighton clinic on New Road by a team of highly qualified practitioners. Because we are well established and respected in the local community many of our referrals come from local health services: midwives, doctors and consultants as well as word of mouth, – and we have many parents who were treated successfully as children who now bring their children.
We also deliver outreach sessions in 8 city centre primary schools providing counselling support for children. We have secured funding specifically for this work.
Who we treat
We treat children with a wide range of conditions such as asthma, eczema, behavioural problems, insomnia and many digestive disorders.
These types of conditions can be very hard to treat effectively by traditional methods, particularly in small children.
Most parents will testify that these kind of common conditions can often have a detrimental effect on a child’s mental and physical well-being and as they get older their learning and development.
How we are funded
The cost of running the charity this year is £110,000.
We fund £90,000 of this by renting additional clinic space to complementary therapists in private practices who support the ethos of Dolphin House, and from our clinic contributions/donations.
We have a number of regular fundraising activities including our regular giving programme ‘Keep Dolphin’s Heart Beating’ and a continuous sale of donated baby and toddler clothes, which brings in approximately 25% of our target.
The remainder is sought from one-off donations, sponsored events, fetes and grants.
Based on delivering 2,000 appointments per year – fundraising represents an average of £10 per appointment.
Other Ways to Help Dolphin House
Tiny Togs and a Good Read
If you’ve been into the shop recently you’ll notice we’re still selling donated children’s clothes and second hand books. Both these bring in a steady flow of cash which really does help to support the work the charity does. We really need good second hand toddlers upwards children’s clothes (no baby grows – sorry!) and second hand books. So if you’re clearing out the children’s cupboards or your bookshelves bring it all on down to the Dolphin House shop on New Road.
Trustees Urgently Needed
Our current superb group of trustees are looking for fresh ideas and new blood to take the charity forward. We’d love to hear from you if you’d like to get more involved with Dolphin House and help support it by becoming a trustee. Do give us a call 01273 324790 or pop into Dolphin House.
Crazy Stunts and Fun Runs
Are you looking to run a marathon, cycle 50 miles, climb Mount Everest, have a cake bake-a-thon or do anything else crazy and fun with the aim of raising money for some charity but not sure which. Well look no further… it would mean so much to us if you could do this in aid of Dolphin House. Just go to our Just Giving page and click the fund raise for us button. Oh and tell us all about it on our Facebook page