Empowerment through kindness, compassion & empathy

Creative, therapeutic provision for children, young people and families in Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole since 2007.


For referrals please email us at Referrals@Korucic.com

A dynamic team of arts therapists and mentors

The Koru is a Maori emblem of the newly emerging fern; symbolic of new and unfolding life.

Each frond contains within its tightly curled spiral, the design of the fully mature leaf.

The work of The Koru Project, seeks to encourage each person to grow towards the freedom and fullness of who they are.

Our team is qualified in a wide range of therapeutic and educational specialisms.

Our collective specialisms include:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
  • Drama therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Dance and movement therapy
  • Forest School
  • Horticultural therapy
  • Animal therapy
  • Play therapy
  • DDP
  • Arts, sports and educational mentoring
  • Specialist, therapeutic educational provision

39% of 18-20 year olds in custody have been on the child protection register

or had experienced neglect or abuse.

Source: Prison Reform Trust

“I was self harming.

The Koru Project helped me to to find a place to let all my feelings out,

I no longer self harm and I am studying at college”

The work of KORU has been excellent there has also been a significant level of improvement in X’s life with his insight and ability to reflect upon both decisions and actions, more people should be aware of your KORU team and the things that they can achieve for our young people and families’

Paul Thompson Social Worker

“Without Koru helping me when I was at a very vulnerable stage in my life,

“I’m sure I would have gone to prison.

Things today are so much better.  I have a career & my own place.

“I’m a lot happier, although I still have my struggles!”

The Koru Practice

The Koru Project has over sixteen years of established practice in Dorset.

Our experienced therapists and mentors work with those who have suffered trauma in all its forms, including abuse, neglect, exile and bereavement.

We also offer therapeutic, specialist provision for children whose needs require an individualised and compassionate programme of transition back into education.

Our trauma and attachment informed approach focuses on forming a therapeutic relationship with each young person, that establishes a foundation of trust for development and healing.

Koru ethos

Our method of practice is warm, empathetic and centred in therapeutic relationship.
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Who we work with

We provide therapy and mentoring for children, young people and families.
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Our specialisms

Koru practitioners are qualified in a wide range of disciplines and creative therapies.
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Koru training

We offer workshops in our creative arts and trauma informed practice.
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Where We Work

The Koru Project works across Dorset, Poole, Bournemouth and surrounding areas.  

Our therapists and mentors work in schools and safeguarded venues in the community and the locations, times and travel to sessions are organised on an individual basis in response to the needs of each client.

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Partner agencies

We are partnered with the BCP, Dorset Council – Dorset Family Matters, NHS CAMHS, and receive referrals from schools, individuals and other agencies such as Aspire Adoption and Adoption West.

We are delighted to have the kind permission of the National Trust to use the beautiful spaces in their care for our therapeutic work.

All our therapists are BACP and  and HCPC registered and all Koru practitioners have enhanced DBS certification.