BHVA’s Arts4Wellbeing programme provides emotional health and wellbeing workshops to children and adults. These programmes can be through our Academies Squads programmes, or are bespoke workshops for schools and workplace teams.


Utilising the arts to break down barriers, we help to improve self-esteem, confidence, resilience, whilst reducing anxiety and depression. The statistics are compelling – according to Arts Council 2021:

  • 1 in 5 people increased their arts engagement in the early months of the pandemic. Arts engagement played a key role in supporting mental health in the UK and internationally.
  • Time spent on the arts was associated with increases in life satisfaction and dereases in symptons of depression and anxiety.
  • Certain groups experiencing greater challenges particularly drew on the arts, including health and social care professionals, younger adults older adults and paretns.
  • Arts engagement helped people us cerain psychological strategies for soping and emotion regulation, including distraction techniqeus, social connection with others, learning new skills, and engaging the mind.
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Sponsor a Child

Squad Sponsorship

Squad Sponsorship

Support a child to develop communication skills, foster friendships, build confidence, and have access to something they may not be able to access.

The cost of living is increasing, and the children who are likely to benefit most from our Squads are the ones whose families are likely to be unable to afford it. For the small cost of £210 a year, you can sponsor a child to attend one of our Academy Squads. In return you will get access to a supporter badge you can use on your website, social media, and signatures.

Sponsor a School

As we come out of the pandemic we are seeing the adverse impact it has had on childrens’ social skills, mental health, and language development.

Schools are struggling with resources, time and money to help children develop the tools to improve their resilience and gain the social skills they have missed out on for two years.

For £1,140 you can support 300-400 pupils (depending on the school size) by providing them with two workshops over the course of an academic year. These workshops will be run by qualified and experienced arts and education teachers. Students will come away with techniques for managing anxiety, emotion regulation, communication and socialisation skills. Alongside this the school will be given a resource sheet that can be refered to during PSHE sessions by teachers.

If there is a particular school in your local area you would like to support, you can request this and we will do our best to partner you up.

In return you will get a supporter badge you can use on your website, social media, email signatures. We will also provide a PR pack for use, and include you on our social media scheduling. Feedback from the school will also be provided to you after each session conducted.

School Sponsorship

School Sponsorship

Arts4Wellbeing for the workplace

CIPD’s Health and Wellbeing at Work survey report found that over two thirds of organisations are concerned about the impact the pandemic has had on their staff.

Looking after staff’s wellbeing and mental health can improve productivity and engagement, reduce absenteeism, and increase resilience.

BHVA’s Arts4Wellbeing workshops for employees give you the option of a half day or full day workshop covering the following:

  • What is wellbeing?
  • How the arts can impact wellbeing
  • Mental fitness
  • Building resilience
  • Mindfulness
  • Communication and listening
  • Emotional intelligence and regulation

Workshops start from £397, for a half day workshop, and are delivered by qualified and experienced tutors.


All sessions are back in person but you have the option to join online as we embrace hybrid working.

Following our risk assessments our studios are cleaned and ventilated after every session.