The positive benefits of art on mental health

by Youth Art Connect in Newquay, Cornwall, United Kingdom

The positive benefits of art on mental health

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This project will only be funded if at least £20,000 is pledged by 30th September 2022 at 12:42pm

To promote the positive and therapeutic benefits of art on young people’s mental health, confidence and self esteem.

by Youth Art Connect in Newquay, Cornwall, United Kingdom

1659368081_2ab92f0a-d525-45b7-b30e-c314f254d242.jpegMid pandemic, we set up Youth Art Connect after being shocked at the sheer volume of young people suffering with poor mental health , depression, anxiety and even suicide / self harm attempts as a result of lockdown measures and isolation.

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With all of us having backgrounds in some form of mental health setting or lived experience, we set out to promote how beneficial art can be on your mental health , confidence and self esteem, as well as providing a sense of community and engagement with other people. 

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Our first session was so successful we went on to set up regular art groups, exhibitions , pop up events with other organisations such as pride and disability groups, mental health days and various other local community events to bring young people together through art. We knew we wanted this to be free (donation only) as the most hard hit families would be the ones who possibly couldn’t afford to send their children and yet they would be the ones who could most benefit from what we offer . 

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Youth Art Connect isn’t just an art group; it’s a space to connect , reach out and confide in a trusting and calm environment.  Although we run regular sessions in various styles from graffiti / street art to manga / anime , Many of our young people rarely have access to even basic art equipment at home and it’s now so limited in education it was leading to a loss of creativity and sense of achievement. When we ran a session for some local young people and the ones dubbed “troublemakers” told us that “today they felt they were actually good at something” and that “they felt we actually listened to them,” we knew we had achieved what we set out to do; engage with young people that others were finding difficult to engage with. 

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And that’s exactly what we aim to do; connect. Reach the young people that others find difficult to reach, giving them a safe space to create , talk , share and find friendships; all of which our young people are doing. Hearing parents tell us they wouldn’t engage with statutory services or education liaison yet they’re engaging with us through their art , we knew we had to keep tis going and get more out there. 

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Please help us to support more young people but donating , sharing or even sponsoring us. Every  penny truly does help us keep supporting more and more young people in Cornwall to connect , create and engage with peers , adults and society. 

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We are currently aiming to provide workshops in education for young people struggling with school refusal , may have behaviour difficulties due to trauma, unmet learning needs or environmental triggers. We have found that art interventions , for many young people on the autistic spectrum in particular can be incredibly beneficial to meet both sensory needs and a sense of community.   

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We also urgently need to purchase a caravan to take Youth Art Connect mobile across Cornwall to reach the most hard hit areas where services often aren’t able to attend. But in order to do this, we need help. 

We thank you for reading and hope that you can help us achieve our goal of helping as many young people In Cornwall as we can live a life with positive self esteem and strong mental health . 1659365621_77b37752-58c8-45bf-b7ff-08ee8d091f74.jpeg

You can read some of our wonderfully kind testimonials on below: 

Youth art connect are the only group in Cornwall of its kind. Before their inception there wasn’t a regular group where young people could create art in a safe and supportive environment on a regular basis. They have been very thorough in making sure they have all the correct policies and procedures and always seek advice about safeguarding concerns. They create and inclusive and kind environment, allowing young people to express themselves in offer to support their mental well-being. They have fast become my most signposted to project. “ (Terrie , Young People Cornwall) 

My experience of youth art connect has shown me how the guys are really able to engage the young people that they are working with and open them up to new experiences and break down walls. This was massively evident at an event we did in St Merryn where they were able to reach out to the ‘troublemakers’ and really draw out their passion and excitement for art in a way that even the young people were surprised by. They gave them a positive experience with adults who treated them as equals, encouraged them and gave them a safe space to express themselves without fear. They also gave a safe space to young people who were more socially awkward and struggled to mix. Where they were able to meet other young people and express themselves through multiple mediums of art. You could see the weight lift off their shoulders as they got started and were able to relax and be themselves. What these guys offer is truly magical and a massive benefit to all young people who get the opportunity to attend any sessions. Where there is no right or wrong, no barriers and an opportunity to just be whatever they feel in that moment.” (Rosie, Action 4 children) 

“We put on a  ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ event for the young people of Bude, Cornwall last year. It was well attended, and we had a multitude of activities available on the day. But the main draw was the splatter art tent! This provided such a release for the attendees and an opportunity to be chaotically creative. The focus and drive of the youth art connect workers was amazing to watch and they really engaged with all those that got involved. In this day and age, we need more organisations that provide innovative youth wellbeing work such as youth art connect.” (Jamie , action4children) 

“I am an NHS specialist clinician in neurodevelopmental differences and have been engaged with Youth Art Connect in a voluntary capacity since the beginning of 2022. I became interested in the work of the organisation due to the positive outcomes their activities were helping many young people to achieve. These young people had previously found it difficult to engage with any community and creative orientated activities for a number of reasons, including negative past experiences, poor self esteem and lack of opportunity. The sessions run by Youth Art Connect are led by a diverse but like minded group of individuals from all walks of life who share a passion for helping young people to express themselves in positive and creative ways and promoting a true sense of community. I have found that within activities that great care is taken to focus on individual outcomes and growth with a real sense of fun, joy and  optimism. It is wonderful to see young people come out of their shells and interact more with the world on their own terms. I am of the view that enterprises such as this make a real contribution to the wider health and social care economy as well as building young peoples’ selfconfidence and sense of achievement.” (Ian Hutchinson NHS Clinical Specialist and YAC volunteer July 2022)

 ‘I loved the splatter tent and got more paint on me than on my painting’ Scarlett aged 13.

 ‘When are they coming back?’ Amy aged 12.

“They really listened to me” anon aged 13 

“today i was told I was good at something” anon aged 14 


 

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£80 or more

A private art commission A4 size

We will create a private art commission from one of our volunteers or young people for you to keep, knowing that you have helped more young people access our service.

£5 or more

Help a child attend Youth Art connect each month

As we work on donation only , £5 per month will help secure a place for a child at each group that may otherwise be unable to afford to attend. It will help purchase some supplies to help them to attend.

£120 or more

private commission A3 size

We will create a private art commission from one of our volunteers or young people for you to keep, knowing that you have helped more young people access our service.

£150 or more

private commission A2 size

We will create a private art commission from one of our volunteers or young people for you to keep, knowing that you have helped more young people access our service.

£180 or more

private commission A1 size

We will create a private art commission from one of our volunteers or young people for you to keep, knowing that you have helped more young people access our service.

£200 or more

private commission A0 size

We will create a private art commission from one of our volunteers or young people for you to keep, knowing that you have helped more young people access our service.

£300 or more

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