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Our offer to schools

Like all our programmes, our programmes for children and young people, are based on the principle that creativity can be a vehicle for change. Creative learning approaches can inspire improved confidence and life choices, and act as an alternative learning model for those struggling to engage in mainstream education. Our work with children and young people accounts for over 60% of the work we deliver and with work ongoing to develop effective routes for progression in each of our local authority areas, we are helping young people find the right support at the right time, and make positive transitions towards sustainable outcomes.

The past year has been extremely hard for our young people and we know that many are experiencing heightened levels of anxiety and/or poor mental health. Some may be anxious about their life transition and this is been exacerbated by COVID-19; others will be facing some of the same fears as well as having additional barriers. We work to ensure that no one is left vulnerable, and each young person is treated as an individual with individual needs that are responded to on a 1-1 basis.

In light of COVID-19 and the effect it has had on children and young peoples mental health, we have built resilience and wellbeing into the core of all our programmes, and are able to signpost participants to specialist youth based Counselling. All programmes are staffed by art tutors as well as Youth Workers. Across all we do, we wish to protect and support our children and young people; ensuring that they are best equipped with the skills and confidence to move forward today and in the future.

We offer school based group work for children and young people through a variety of programmes:

Primary School Pupils

High School Pupils

Artist in Residence:

Working in partnership with your school, we will provide an Artist in Residence, based to engage pupils and key staff members in high-quality creative workshops. The workshops will be designed to inspire the children and young people, and the artwork created will enhance the School environment and encourage members of the community (parents/carers, extended family, stakeholders) to engage it as a welcoming and uplifting space.

Creative Play:

The programme engages primary school-aged children in creative outdoor pursuits which instil a love of playing outside. Creative Play Rangers will provide loose materials and suggest a range of ideas and activities designed to spark the imaginations of children, allowing them to explore new ideas and activities which are fun and designed to increase physical activity and engagement with the environment.

Artists/practitioners with different specialisms will provide children with a range of complimentary creative opportunities, while encouraging children to interact with the materials and their surroundings. A focus will be on imaginative play, where children can create mini performances, dens, vehicles and games. The artists will ‘suggest’ how to start engaging as opposed to actually leading formal games, allowing children to take greater control of the process.

Art Therapy:

Impact Arts’ Specialist Therapeutic Arts Group projects are delivered by experienced and qualified arts (Music, Art, and Drama) therapists and art psychotherapists. The projects are ideal for vulnerable and disadvantaged children who are experiencing difficulties at home e.g. affected by loss, parent of carer substance misuse, abuse etc. These children may present: low self-esteem, anxiety, aggression, depression, difficulties making transitions and/or engaging with their peer groups both in and out of school.

Therapeutic Arts Group - Working with a group of 6-8 children of a similar/same age-group for 10-12 weeks, the project would focus on a universal theme, for example, identity, and the children would explore this both as a group and individually through creative processes. A crucial element of this work is to make sure this is a fun, positive and supportive experience and not a stigmatised ‘therapy’ group.

1-1 Support - Aimed at children and young people who experience significant levels of disadvantage/barriers to their personal and educational development, and/or who are identified as being affected by adverse childhood experiences – this can include, but is not limited to those with family members who have drug and alcohol addictions; those affected by family breakdown, parental bereavement, bullying or self-harm; and those affected by mental health issues. Our dedicated Art Therapists are able to provide a supportive, safe and therapeutic environment for children dealing with a wide range of issues.

Family Support - Using a parent and child approach, and the principles of creative therapy to tackle social, mental and emotional barriers to improving family resilience, achieving their full potential, and creating positive family relationships (i.e. improving bonding and attachment).

Qualified and experienced art therapists will deliver dyadic therapy to vulnerable and disadvantaged families where caregivers and children are, or are at risk of being, affected by adverse experiences, which could otherwise lead to issues.

“Impact Arts has made a very positive impact on the young people’s future outcomes. We have been most impressed with the therapist who has provided a first class service.” – Head Teacher

Creative Connections:

An innovative programme engaging S1-S3 young people who are experiencing difficulty or declining to engage in mainstream education, and P7 children who are identified as at risk of not making a successful and positive transition to secondary education.

Supporting school refusers to increase their engagement with education, the programme has been developed to give young people the opportunity to work in a small group of peers on a creative project for 3 half-days per week over 6 weeks, designed to build confidence and re-ignite an interest in learning.


Our signature programme CashBack to The Future, offers free, safe and creative spaces for participants to be inventive and imaginative. Sessions are now available throughout the school day, as part of a pupils alternative/flexible timetable. Sessions will be delivered online at set times throughout the week and will contain a mix of pupils from across Scotland. Through fun visual art activities, pupils will be supported to build their confidence, increase their communication skills and develop a positive routine, to continue throughout the rest of the school week.

Make a Referral

If you would like to find out more about one of the above offers, please email or complete our referral form and a member of the team will get back to you.


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