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Arty-Folks was founded 1995 and today supports over 120 adults per year in Coventry and Warwickshire who feel isolated and at a low point in their lives to regain self-belief through a programme of therapeutic visual arts and learning with the support of their peers. 

We help people to feel more connected through a programme of four distinct weekly therapeutic art groups that are attended by 30-40 people per week who are struggling with diagnosed or self-diagnosed mental ill health such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and OCD as well as more severe and enduring disorders such as psychosis, PTSD, schizophrenia, and personality disorders.  The groups encourage dialogue about creative communication and mental well-being where personal experiences, such as feeling lonely, can be shared in a safe and informal environment.

Alongside art workshops, 1:1 mentoring and coaching supports beneficiaries to resolve wider issues influencing social isolation such as benefit reviews, budgeting, CV writing, volunteering and job applications, signposting to groups, classes and therapeutic learning in the community, that empowers a journey of personal growth.  

Members’ needs and aspirations are at the heart of everything we do and our staff and volunteers go the extra mile to help people reduce loneliness and isolation.  

Our art programme enables people to come together in an informal and safe environment to share and learn new skills through bite-sized projects.  The groups are facilitated by professional artists who supports people to express themselves and learn creative problem solving skills using a wide range of materials and processes including painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, collage, arts and crafts, weaving, and mixed media.  

One service user provided the following feedback: “It is difficult to admit that you have fallen out of line with what society expects and others may not be able to understand how ill it is possible to become.  Arty-Folks is a really good anchor where I can relate to people who have been in the same boat and where I am not judged as weak. I feel probably for the first time at home, safe and a part of the community, with friends to call on, and with interests and hobbies that make me feel my life is worth living.”

Charity No: 1107757

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