The Art Room merges with Place2Be to extend support for pupils’ mental health and wellbeing

The Art Room merges with Place2Be to extend support for pupils’ mental health and wellbeing:


The merger will bring together the two children’s
mental health charities’ evidence-based programmes to support children
and young people in schools       

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

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.

Under the merger The Art Room will continue to run its provision from
eight sites in Oxfordshire, London and Edinburgh. In the coming months,
the two organisations plan to pilot ways of integrating The Art Room
provision with Place2Be provision, evaluating the impact to inform
future developments.

Catherine Roche, Chief Executive of Place2Be said:

“At a time when the profile of school-based mental health support
has never been greater, we are pleased to be able to extend our
offering for schools as part of a whole school approach to mental
health. There is an obvious and natural link between the work of our two
organisations, and we are looking forward to exploring opportunities to
integrate more closely in order to support more children and young

Lisa Harker, Chief Executive of The Art Room added:

“We are very excited by the potential for our two organisations
to work effectively together, harnessing the strengths and potential of
both organisations to support more children, schools and families in
more effective ways.”

Since its inception 15 years ago, The Art Room has passionately
followed its goal of providing help for children with emotional and
behavioural difficulties through its well-defined programme that uses
art-making as a vehicle for its work. The Art Room currently works with
530 children a week across eight specially designed Art Room ‘studios’
in Edinburgh, Oxfordshire and London. Children who attend The Art Room
show reduced anxiety, improved emotional regulation, better peer
relationships and greater self-confidence; all of which help a child to
be more able to learn and to build better relationships.


The Duchess of Cambridge is Patron of both The Art Room and Place2Be