Early in 2020, the Baring Foundation published Creatively Minded: An initial participatory mapping of arts & mental health activity. That report identified around 20 organisations or projects working with children and/or young people UK-wide. This is probably also an underestimate but our impression was still that there are relatively few organisations in this field.
This collection of case studies aims to showcase the work of some of those organisations we identified and a few we have come across since, featuring:
42nd Street, 64 Million Artists, Avant Cymru, City of London Sinfonia, Conwy Arts Trust at Venue Cymru, Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Society, East London Dance, Fluid Motion Theatre Company, Fresh Minds Education, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Kazzum Arts, Kids in Control, Noise Solution, Place2Be, Quench Arts, Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and Soft Touch Arts
We hope by sharing these we will not only spread some inspiring ideas and good practice, but also start a conversation about how arts can be used more to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people.