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You can art

"When I'm there I feel free and happy." Year 5 participant

You Can Art is an 8-week creative wellbeing intervention for pupils in Key Stages 2 & 3 who experience low self-esteem due to learning differences or challenging backgrounds.


We believe everyone has their own clown within them. We also think everyone has their own creative streak. Being able to tap into your creativity on a regular basis can not only make life feel better it can also be a really useful tool for coping when life isn’t feeling great.  


2020 has been a challenging year, especially for those who have limited access to outdoor space or have been isolated from friends and wider family. The obstacles that lockdown has created for wellbeing has been particularly tough for young people who are managing difficult life circumstances.   

You Can Art creates a space to play and reflect that gives children the much needed time to relax and to begin to process their experiences. Drawing on Kate’s training in therapeutic facilitation, we use arts and crafts, drama games, storytelling techniques and unstructured play, enabling young people to creatively express their emotions in a non-judgemental environment.

The course aims to:


  • Build self esteem and allow young people to feel more confident articulating feelings

  • Reduce feelings of shame around themselves, their feelings and ideas

  • Encourage self-reflection and self-acceptance

  • Gain confidence in contributing to a group and see themselves as a valued member 

  • Develop concentration skills and the ability to creatively problem-solve







Are you interested in Beside Ourselves bringing You Can Art to your school? 

"It's been a real pleasure working with Beside Ourselves on this project. The children have absolutely loved going to the sessions. The input Beside Ourselves as provided for some of our most vulnerable pupils post lockdown has been invaluable!"


Heba Al-Jayoosi, Assistant Head of Inclusion at Mayflower Primary School

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