Studies show that the link between play and wellbeing is crucial for children’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical development.
‘Our ongoing research is demonstrating that access to programmes which incorporate arts- and healthbased interventions leads to increased independence, improved self-esteem, confidence and resilience and allows individuals to build a peer support network.’
Rebecca Johnson, Occupational Therapist and Clinical Lead, Breathe Arts Health Research (originally part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity; now a social enterprise that designs and delivers arts-in-healthcare programmes)
Through workshops we work with students to think, discuss and visualise health and well-being themes through the mediums of drawing, ceramic and mosaics.
Our latest example is a 100m wall around Stockwell Primary School's playground. The artwork acts as a game trail that leads the students through a variety of activities and encourages them to use the full length of the playground.
Other project ideas could include stepping stones, hopscotch, giant chess, nature trails, trim trails and lots more!