Community support

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


“It is something to look forward to every week... inspiring, social, comfortable and the best!!!! It is so much fun and everyone loves it” (Robyn)

“A word I would use to describe Arts For Life Project ‘FAMILY’” (Zoe)

The Arts For Life Project supports young people aged 6-19 years – who are facing intellectual, developmental, mental health and emotional challenges. The project offers support through proactive mental health development via the arts. We encourage integration, communication and education for mental wellbeing, covering a wide spectrum of ability for all young people.

The need:
• 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year and up to 40% of people with learning disabilities experience mental health difficulties.
• 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14.
• 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
• Prevalence of anxiety and depression in people with learning disabilities is the same as for the general population, yet for children & young people with a learning disability, the prevalence rate of a diagnosable psychiatric disorder is 36%, compared with 8% of those who do not have a learning disability.

The Project aims provide opportunities for young people to grow and develop without external expectation or pressure in an open and nurturing environment creating happier, healthier individuals, both mentally and physically, by:

• Providing specialized integrated arts and mental health based services to the community;
• Ensuring affordable access to proactive mental health support for the wider community;
• Encouraging proactive mental health development and support through an arts-based approach;
• Creating opportunities for open communication for young people, parents and their wider community;
• Creating opportunities for partnership with other agencies and support services to develop a whole approach to youth and family mental health.

Young people do not require a formal diagnosis (or Statement of Educational Needs) to be referred to us, as valuable intervention opportunities would be lost during the processes necessary to gain such a diagnosis / statement. We accept referrals by private direct, Schools, Educational Outreach Services, local partner provisions, Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

Benefits to the community can be seen in enhanced engagement within the education setting, lower tier 2/tier 3 referrals to CAMHS, reduced behaviour challenges outside of the educational setting, increased communication and understanding between community generations.

The company was registered in August 2016 and was officially launched in January 2017. Although we are still a relatively new organisation, we have made significant advances in cementing partnerships with local partner provisions including TSB Bank, Camelot, Sisters of the Holy Cross, Young Harrow Foundation, Kids Can Achieve, The Helix Education Centre, Ignite Trust, Centre for ADHD & Autism Support amongst others.

The project is run by a psychotherapist and arts practitioner and they currently run 4 weekly after school ‘Creative Crew’ Arts based sessions that include, painting, 3-dimensional building, movement, roll-play, outside focus, creative writing, as well as regular in school programmes, outreach programmes for the homeless and a monthly family link support group.

All sessions are proactive activities with an underlying therapeutic input supporting the development of the young mind in a relaxed and calm way.

Project Video

Arts For Life Project

Moment of Pride

We are so proud of this project for the way the community has wholeheartedly supported us enabling us to realise the idea of ensuring all young people have a chance no matter their challenges. Developing self-belief and a safe and secure family environment to flourish.

Location: Pinner