Arts For Life Project UK

Arts For Life Project UK

At a glance

Causes

  • Children / families
  • Mental health

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Regional

Objectives

Arts for Life Project supports and champions young people and their families’ emotional health and wellbeing through the therapeutic value of the creative arts.  

Arts for Life Project aims to make impactful change to the everyday lives of vulnerable young people, who find life challenging, have a love of the arts and are able to interact in a group setting. Our projects are best-suited for children from year 3 (age 8) up to young people aged 25.

We provide specialised integrated arts and mental health-based programmes to support both these young people and their families.

Our children and young people  display :

  • Autistic Spectrum characteristics
  • Attention and Hyperactivity characteristics
  • Emotional Wellness challenges
  • Learning struggles
  • Social, communication struggles

Participants are invited into the programme through an initial referral form process and a meet and greet appointment. We accept referrals for individual clinical support or for open review at initial appointment.

Activities

Arts for Life Project has created a range of programmes designed to engage young people and their families in creative activities which are always achievable, are calm and encourage hidden skills. We also have projects designed to support the schools and colleges as well as the community in which our young people live.

The main ones are detailed below, but we do offer other programmes alongside:

Creative Crew: A weekly term-time project of fun and communication.

Our Creative Crew sessions empower children and young people by engaging with the therapeutic power of the arts within a group. The young people engage in a variety of fun and relaxed activities that encourage proactive mental health and emotional intelligence development. The activities help to balance the internal dialogue that individuals use daily to manage their lives both consciously and subconsciously. Emotional development is interlaced into each session without conscious awareness creating a safe and secure environment for young people to enjoy, have fun, develop and grow. Collaborative art balances individual talents with a common goal.

Together We Thrive offers on a one-to-one basis.  

On developing a safe place for external interaction outside of the home, the young person will be invited to transfer into the Together We Thrive Mentor Programme where they are supported by a Community Youth Worker or Volunteer Mentor. This support creates achievable activities within the community. Working together with their Mentor they will build on independent life skills such as going shopping; visiting the park; interacting with peers; taking a bus or train. By creating achievable activities and working together to build independence. This facilitates the young person to re-integrate back into society.

  • Together Outreach: At Home Support
  • Together Inhouse: Clinical Therapeutic / Wellbeing Support
  • Together We Thrive:  Mentor Support

 

Doodle Den – Wellbeing Café

A welcoming place for parents and guardians (with their families if they wish) to relax, have a cuppa, to just be. Our Parent Support Worker will be at the café during these times to support you with any challenges the families may be facing. All Arts for Life Project parents and carers welcome, even if the child attends sessions with us on a different day. The café offers a friendly ear, activities and talks and/or just a quiet place to chat.

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