About the Programme

In Spring 2017 Walsall Public Health became members of the newly established Black Country Arts, Health and Wellbeing Commissioners’ Network. The Network aimed to increase awareness of the role the arts can play in meeting health and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people and increase the investment into high quality arts activities. Members wanted to explore a collaborative approach with the arts sector to develop high quality arts and health provision. Each Network member identified an area of practical work they would develop. Walsall Public Health prioritised work with children from Key Stage 2 with a view to creating a new resource, which would promote emotional resilience. To read more about The Programme click here

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Review and Reflection

The brief created by Walsall Public Health stated that the resources should be co- produced by children. We have taken the key principles underpinning co – production as described by the New Economics Foundation and Action for Children 3 to reflect on how the Team developed and created the Love your Feelings resources. To read more about Review and Reflection click here

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The Arts Idea

Jim Morris, an arts worker with significant experience in primary education was appointed lead artist. Jim Morris and Kim Fuller devised the concept of creating ‘beings’ to use in workshops with children. These ‘beings’ would be made from a small number of simple geometric shapes, taking the form of anything a child imagined. It would be these ‘beings’ that each child used as a player in the art games, not themselves, allowing them the freedom to explore feelings freely in the third person. To read more about The Arts Idea click here

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Impact on Children and Young People

“Teachers involved in some schools had to take a leap of faith in the artists because they didn’t think some pupils would be able to engage in such activity.” “It’s the first time anybody in this class ever took notice of what I was saying!” To read more about the Impact on Children and Young People click here

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