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Creative Lives (11-21)

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Our ‘Creative Lives’ project aims to support young people in gaining a better understanding in a variety of life skills. As part of this project we will be offering three open groups aimed at different age ranges for young people struggling with their mental health or emotions. The groups will be based within York Mind. The topics of Life Skills will be explored through different art forms, with experienced facilitators running the sessions. Each group will run for a period of 12 weeks, during which you will gain an accredited arts award certificate.

All groups will be person-centred, with group facilitators and assistants working alongside you in order to support and strengthen your knowledge and skills. The groups will aim to enable you to identify and put into practice positive coping strategies for your mental health and wellbeing.

The age ranges are based upon school years, however young people do not need to be attending school to access the workshops.

11-13 Tuesday Evening Groups

Our age 11-13 Monday evening groups will look at a range of life skills which can be enforced in daily life. The group will focus on topics such as understanding/coping with emotions, kindness, stress/pressures and the topic of unqiueness and worth. The first 11-13 group will start on Tuesday 14th January. Referrals for this group are currently open.

13-16 Wednesday Evening Groups

Our age 13-16 Wednesday evening groups will explore the concept of diversity, self-worth and independence. Topics covered within this will include relationships, stabilising emotions, advocating for rights and future education/employment. The first 13-16 group will start on Wednesday 8th January. Referrals for this group are currently open

16-21 Thursday Evening Groups

Our age 16-21 Thursday evening groups will explore similar themes such as healthy and unhealthy relationships, stabilising emotions, advocating for rights and future education/employment. At this level you will look in depth into the issues which you may face as a young person and how you might overcome this. The first 16-21 group will start on Thursday 9th January. Referrals for this group are currently open. 

More information and how to refer

As part of the Creative Lives project we will be running groups based within primary schools and some secondary schools. If you are a school staff member and wish to learn more about this, please contact the details below.
If you have any questions please email youngpeople@yorkmind.org.uk or call 01904 643 364 and press option 2 for the young people’s project.

COST: There is no cost for this service.

To refer for these groups, simply complete our referral form here (Or download the Word Version and send to the email address above). **Please state on your referral form that the service you are interested in is Young People's Peer Support.**

The referral may be completed by yourself. A parent or guardian, or any other supportive adult, may complete this form on your behalf with your permission. We aim to contact you in response to your referral within two weeks.