Mental health charities merge

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
Crucial support: The Duchess of Cambridge is the patron of mental health charity Place2Be and is pictured above at one of the charity’s events

​Two mental health charities offering support for schools, children and families have merged.

Together, Place2Be and The Art Room are aiming to extend and diversify the type of support offered in schools to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.

Place2Be provides in-school therapeutic support for children, as well as training for school leaders and teachers.

The Art Room provides a group work intervention in schools, using creativity and art to improve the wellbeing of pupils experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties. The Art Room currently works with 530 children a week across eight specially designed Art Room studios in Edinburgh, Oxfordshire and London.

The Art Room will continue to run its provision from its eight sites. In the coming months, the organisations will pilot ways of integrating The Art Room provision with Place2Be provision.

Elsewhere, Place2Be has been given £250,000 in funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery. The grant will help the charity to sustain and develop its mental health support services in England, Scotland and Wales.


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