Did you know that we offer a range of school based services, from creative workshops to Art Therapy? All of our services aim to support pupils to re-engage with education, learn at their own pace, and equip them with the skills and confidence to move forward today and in the future.

A full menu of our school based services can be viewed here. If you have any questions, or if you’re interested in working with us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Outdoor Creative Play (Primary)

Engagement in creative and play-based activities directly supports childhood development, building vital physical, social and cognitive skills.

Impact Arts delivers a play-based approach providing safe outdoor activities where creativity and connection to nature are explored. Sessions (8 x two-hour weekly sessions) include encouraging the exploration of outdoor spaces – the parks, the playgrounds, the lawns etc.; introducing art materials into these environments and encouraging creative methods to be extended into family life and peer-with-peer play.

“My daughter found a paper tube at home and made a beautiful bird out of it. I was so impressed! I am sure she was inspired by the 3D bird she had made in her Creative Play session.”


Reconnect (Secondary)

ReConnect is an innovative Alternative Curriculum programme that engages young people from S1-S4 who are experiencing challenges with engaging (or declining to engage altogether) in mainstream education, and P7 children who are identified as at risk of not making
a successful and positive transition to secondary education. Our experience tells us that school refusers often are those experiencing bullying or extreme social anxiety and/or those engaging in anti -social behaviour.

I have parents phoning me saying the behaviour at home has vastly improved. His language is better and he is engaging in conversations. An increase in self-belief and confidence has enabled these young people to come back into school and attend classes. Currently all are working towards a successful engagement in education and all have increased their attendance by a minimum of 10%.”

Partnership Development Officer, Secondary School

Funding & Next Steps

We understand that your budget for our services is likely to be funding-dependent, in particular as a result of the level of funding you receive from the Pupil Equity Fund. You may therefore be interested in external funding through the Anna Burne Trust, available only to Scottish schools, which could support you to purchase our services.

If you are interested in having a further chat with us to discuss our services, you can either get in contact with us through our website www.impactarts.co.uk, providing details of the services you are looking for, or alternatively you can get in contact with a member of our Development Team by emailing [email protected]. Our Standard Price List is also available on request, or alternatively the Development Team can provide a bespoke quote.

We are celebrating the creative achievements of our Craft Cafe Edinburgh members. The Spring exhibition features art made between May 2022 and February 2023 in the three Viewpoint care homes in Edinburgh.

Artwork from Lennox House Care Home (above)

The work on display celebrates the creative achievements of residents from St. Raphael’s Care Home, Marian House Care Home, and Lennox House Care Home, who have attended Craft Cafe. The collection demonstrates a wide range of themes, interests, styles, and techniques – and aims to highlight the uniqueness of each person’s creative expression.

Artwork from Marian House Care Home (above)

It is an honour to be a part of people’s creative journeys; it is a pleasure to listen to the stories of our members and support them to play and experiment with art. Last year saw the return of friends and family to our Craft Cafes. We have sadly said goodbye to our lovely members at Lennox, following the closure of this care home in December 2022. However, we look forward to welcoming Viewpoint tenants to Craft Café again for the first time since 2020.

Artwork from St Raphael’s Care Home (above)

Thank you so much to all the members for their contributions to Craft Café, and this exhibition.

If you have any questions about the collection or about the work we do at Craft Café, please feel free to get in touch with Sarah Derron at [email protected] or 07585 130068.

In March we opened the doors of our new venue in Glasgow. The Boardwalk is a vibrant space for hire – with sprung-floors for dancers; a 120-seater theatre; and flexible meeting rooms. Hiring space in The Boardwalk helps fund the creative engagement work we do with communities across central Scotland.

Our launch showcased not just the space, but the work of Impact Arts participants – from our older people’s Craft Cafe members who sewed quilts and made paintings, to our youth projects like Creative Pathways and CashBack who worked on installations using film, ceramics and illustration. We had a silent disco with music from our criminal justice project, CoCo, and upcycled homewares from our tenancy sustainment programmes.

It made us proud to have past participant Sian Clark performing, and our Sketchy Youths running a screen printing workshop. Thank you to everyone who supported us, and offered kind wishes, on the day. We hope to see you back through our doors soon!

All photographs by Tiu Makkonen