During the year 2020-2021, we worked with 11 new partners – beyond hospitals – on collaborative projects and commissioned work, as detailed in the table, below.


How we’ve worked together

Beyond Charity

Our relationship with Beyond Stigma (known as “Beyond”) began when they made a grant award to Teapot Trust to support our mental health work. Since then, we have collaborated with them on their Schools mental health festival with some of our art therapists providing taster sessions to school children. Together, we were fortunate to have the opportunity of a Radio Scotland live interview about the event and our work more broadly. Beyond’s social media specialist has also provided learning/development for Teapot Trust staff which helped us enhance our social media presence.

CCAA, England

This parent-led charity that supports children living with Arthritis welcomed our approach to provide peer support art therapy to small groups of children living with Juvenile Arthritis (JIA).

Children’s Health Scotland

For Children’s Health Scotland, we have provided one-to-one art therapy and are developing small peer support groups.

Collingwood Special School and Media Arts Centre, Morpeth  

We were delighted to have been commissioned by Collingwood to provide art therapy one day per week as part of a pilot. This included both one-to-one and one-to-two art therapy sessions for children and young people with special learning, developmental and behavioural needs.         

Feeling Strong, Dundee

For Feeling Strong, a Dundee based mental health charity, we are providing online small groups for young people, supporting positive mental health and wellbeing.

North Edinburgh Arts

We reached out to North Edinburgh Arts, conscious that there are often undiagnosed and unmet needs in areas of social deprivation. As a result, we have formed a successful partnership, supporting previously unreached children and young people living with chronic and hidden conditions through bespoke art therapy.

Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children

We approached SNAC in Spring 2020 to offer peer support group art therapy for children living with Juvenile Arthritis (JIA). The work was well-received by SNAC groups and led to wider work with other patient support groups around the UK.

Southampton Hospital (Paediatric Renal) Department

The hospital initially approached Teapot Trust for help in recruiting an art therapist for project work but decided to commission us instead! The focus has been peer support and one-to-one art therapy for paediatric kidney patients. It has been a great success and is now in a second phase. Lead staff from the Renal team gave a presentation about the work at Teapot Trust’s online conference in March 2021 – available to watch on our website and YouTube channel.

Success Charity

We were delighted to run peer support small group art therapy for young survivors of brain injury and are planning more.

V&A, Dundee

As a community outreach project, we provided art therapy – with a design twist, given the theme of the museum – at the V&A. Happily, it is a developing partnership. Our young patients were chosen to decorate large baubles for the V&A’s Christmas Tree in 2020 and our art therapy has been featured in their resources for schools.

WHALE Arts, Wester Hailes, Edinburgh

We reached out to WHALE Arts in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, conscious that there are often undiagnosed and unmet needs in areas of social deprivation. The result was small group art therapy with WHALE staff present to ‘buddy’ the young people – without which it’s unlikely to have had the impact it did. Although the numbers were small, the difference made in individuals’ lives was significant. WHALE staff presented at Teapot Trust’s online conference in March 2021 to share insights into the partnership.