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Art supplies appeal to improve mental health of young people

Posted onPosted on 23rd Feb

The Junction Arts charity has launched a fundraising campaign to provide 100 art packs for young people in the Bolsover area.

After working with secondary schools as part of the Six Pillars project, the charity recognised that creativity has a positive impact on the mental health of young people.

Six Pillars supports the emotional health and wellbeing of young people through creative taster sessions and workshops, to help build confidence and develop skills.

Young people involved in the project often encounter difficulties in traditional educational settings, sometimes finding social interactions to be challenging, leading to feelings of isolation and loneliness.

However, Junction Arts said the creative sessions allowed young people to channel and process their feelings, reducing stress and boosting their self-esteem.

Not all young people have access to art supplies, so the charity is asking people to donate and help it raise £3,000 for 100 art packs for Six Pillars young people.

Junction Arts project co-ordinator, Kylie North said: “We know that engaging in art has a profound impact on a young person’s emotional health and wellbeing, providing a therapeutic outlet for self-expression, fostering creativity, and promoting a sense of accomplishment that contributes positively to their overall mental and emotional development.

“One of our Six Pillars participants, who has autism and struggles with anxiety, has gone from barely speaking in a group situation to wanting to become a volunteer. Their confidence and self-esteem has improved so much in just a few months of attending our sessions.

“We want more young people to experience this, so we are on a mission to provide 100 art packs to young people within the Six Pillars programme, empowering them to unleash their creativity and explore the world of art.

“Your support can make a significant impact on their lives and open doors to new possibilities. Any donation, no matter how big or small, will directly contribute to enriching these young lives in Derbyshire through the joy of art.”

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