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Small group creative coaching to help young people express themselves and build confidence through art.

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Grace is a talented artist currently studing the Northern School of Art. She loves portraits and oil paint and has a passion for mental health and all things wellbeing related. 


Grace recently presented her findings from her research about the links between art and wellbeing for young people and the impact of reducing arts in schools.




Grace Murray

Katy is currently taking a year out from her studies to do an internship, working with young people aged 11-18. 


After a battle with her confidence, she regained her love for art art through portrait painting with oils and is passionate about supporting young people to believe in themselves and their creative power.




Katy Levin

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Michelle is one of the Directors of happy Cactus Coaching. She works for a leading mental health charity and is passionate about using informal, alternative spaces to support young people to improve their mental health and confidence. 


Michelle also delivers the 'Girls Lifted' Programme, which blends weight lifting with group therapy in a gym environment. 




Michelle Dawson

Happy Cactus Creative Coaching is a safe and inclusive space for young people to be creative.  We believe that giving young people opportunities to explore their feelings and emotions through art and self expression is vital to support emotional resilience, good mental health and to build confidence.


This is more than just an art club.


Happy Cactus is committed to using informal spaces to support young people to improve their mental health and this mission underpins everything we do.


Sessions are themed around key issues for young people, and include an element of structured group work which is embedded into the creative activity. Topics covered include:


- understanding emotions

- coping with fear and worry

- friendships and relationships

- identity and self image

- food, sleep and self care

- hopes and dreams


The creative coaching sessions are delivered by talented young artists as well an experienced mental health professional together, with a ratio of one coach to every three/four children. 


Sessions are delivered in groups of no more than ten young people and all materials are provided.

Winter Term 2019 

Thursdays 4pm - 6pm

Egglescliffe Community Centre, Eaglescliffe, Durham Lane TS160EH

£105

7th November - 19th December (7 weeks)

(can be paid in installments)

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