Children and Young People encouraged to enjoy, Break-Time, Arts Care’s new mental health programme supported by National Lottery

Arts Care has launched Break-Time, a new free online arts programme designed to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people during the Covid-19 pandemic, supported by public and National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 

Believing in the benefits of creativity to well-being Arts Care makes all forms of art accessible to patients, clients, residents and staff in health and social care settings across Northern Ireland.  During the Covid-19 pandemic many children and young people find themselves spending a lot more time at home where they are missing their friends and wider family, so Arts Care has created Break-Time to support them in relieving the associated stress, anxiety and boredom. 

The programme offers a wide range of fun and engaging online workshops covering visual art, music, dance, drama, poetry, storytelling and Clowndoctor TV.  Each workshop has been designed and facilitated by Arts Care’s highly experienced professional artists and are suitable for parents, teachers, play specialists and healthcare staff to enjoy alongside children.  Break-Time releases a new series of creative workshops every week and there are currently over thirty Break-Time workshops to enjoy on the Arts Care website.

Dr Jenny Elliott, Chief Executive/Artistic Director Arts Care added:

“We are thrilled to offer our new Break-Time online arts resource to support children and young people who have been experiencing a real sense of anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Break-Time is one aspect of our wider Arts Programme which is built on the Public Health Agency’s Take 5 Steps to Well-being Campaign which encourages children and young people to think about their health and well-being by getting creative.”

Each week, National Lottery players raise £30million for good causes across the UK.  Gilly Campbell, Head of Community Arts & Education, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:

Thanks to National Lottery players, Arts Care has created this terrific new resource which can be easily accessed online.  We know that the Arts have a huge role to play in supporting positive mental health and well-being, in people of all ages, and the Arts Council is proud to support this important initiative by Arts Care which supports children and young people at a time in their lives when they are facing unprecedented challenges on their mental health as a result of the pandemic.  The workshops offer high-quality creative engagement and I would encourage all young people to get involved and enjoy!”    

To access Break-Time visit www.artscare.co.uk/breaktime

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