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The Art Nest uses art as therapy, working with small groups of 5-11 year olds, providing critical front-line therapeutic support in Oxford.

‘’Here we learn its ok to make mistakes, you get the chance to put it right by yourself’’  Child Age 8

The inception of the Oxfordshire Kindness Wave was created by a cross sector alliance powered by key partners such as Ark T and their therapeutic art based intervention The Art Nest at Orchard Meadow Primary School, Blackbird Leys Oxford.

The Art Nest offers a therapeutic art based intervention in the school. Working with small groups of children and young people, providing a space to talk and be listened to in a nurturing setting.

 

As soon as Lockdown was announced, in March 2020, Ark T redesigned their service to support local communities. With immediate effect, Clare Keep, Manager of The Ark Nest, provided a safe therapeutic creative space for Key Worker and vulnerable children and young people, using the vehicle of art as therapy. Clare provided a front-line social and emotional well-being support for children and young people, working in a Covid secure process and providing a platform for the children and young people to process, reflect and talk about their feelings, anxieties and worries, whilst making some amazing artwork!

At a time when many front-line counselling and therapeutic services were unable to offer such vital mental health support, The Art Nest manage to create a Covid secure therapeutic space.

‘’It makes my body feel calm coming here’’ Child age 7

The Ark T team provided hundreds of creative art parcels for children and young people for Children We Care For and ROAR Festival – an arts festival that acknowledges fine arts in the disability arts world and well-being boxes for Foster Carers.

What we do know for certain is that in this pandemic, children centred spaces that provide a place for children and young people to express, reflect, connect and belong alongside their peers, facilitated by trained and experienced therapeutic practitioners is very much needed.

Populate Co-Operative

Populate Co-operative is passionate about bringing places to life with people, whether those places are parks, city squares, libraries, cafes or art galleries. We are a community owned organisation creating and facilitating events and projects in UK cities. We actively deliver programmes of events and develop resources, while also mentoring and supporting artists, creatives and community organisations to deliver their own successful events.

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