We work closely with our network of referring agencies to consider the needs of each child or young person and how we might best work together to help them. We welcome working as part of a team around a young person/family. We receive regular referrals from social workers, schools, early help providers, GPs, community organisations and families directly. We are also delighted to have been approved as a provider for the Adoption Support Fund.
If you are a young person who cannot access funding, or you are supporting a child/young person who is finding it hard to access or afford help - have a look at Our Projects page to find out about our grant and donation funded programmes.
We regularly provide arts therapies for organisations and others who wish to access arts therapy for a child or young person they have in mind. Organisations can purchase a bespoke series of sessions or a place on one of our themed-programmes. We also provide training for professionals in how to bring creativity into your work with children and young people.
Level 1 Working more creatively resource training for professionals
This training course will skill up your team to be able to use the creative activities and resources in our education edition of our Anxiety & Me workbook within their current roles. The workbook is packed with useful worksheets and resources to help with active listening, naming and addressing specific needs and all in creative ways which are led by the young person.
2 x 1.5 hour zoom training sessions are designed to be interactive and practical, giving staff hands on experience with using the tools we provide so they can use in their emotional wellbeing support work with children and young people. We also provide follow-up reflective supervision to ensure skills are confidently and safely implemented.
Level 2 Anxiety & Me online arts therapy programme
We have delivered our Anxiety & Me online arts therapy programme for over 100 young people over the last 2 years. 8 one-to-one online arts therapy sessions are provided by a qualified arts therapist and this is accompanied by a copy of our Anxiety & Me workbook and an arts materials pack which is posted to each young person. This theme-based programme help young people to better understand and navigate their own anxiety and work towards healthy and lasting strategies for self-care, self-compassion, confidence and resilience.
Level 3 Short, medium or longer term arts therapy interventions
Over the last 6 years our arts therapy service for children and young people has provided bespoke series of sessions to meet a great range of individual needs. We will thoughtfully listen to what you tell us during the referral process and match you with an arts therapist and ways of working which we feel will best help each child or young person you refer.
Depending on the needs and presentation of each young person we will offer a series of sessions which we feel will be most useful, with those with more complex needs being recommended for a longer series. Typically an arts therapy intervention will be between 12 and 24 sessions in length with regular review points. We are also able to work with family members and other professionals as needed to best meet the needs of each young person.
"Both young people I have referred have grown in confidence and self-esteem.The families have reported that the young person has been able to express themselves in a safe environment using art materials. The arts therapists have been non-judgemental and worked within their professional boundaries."
Karen Pomfret - Adopt South West