Teapot Trust is a registered charity established in 2010 to meet the mental health needs of children and young people living with long term, and often painful, health conditions. Since then, we have supported over 15,000 children and young people, working with hospitals, patient support groups, and community organisations.

Our art therapy is delivered by art therapists in hospitals, schools, and community art settings across the UK, as well as online.  All Teapot Trust art therapists are professionally qualified and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). 

The format of the art therapy session will be selected to best suit the current needs of the child.

  1. One-to-one art psychotherapy typically supports children affected by trauma, those with profound needs, and those struggling with medicine adherence due to its unpleasant side effects.
  2. Small peer group work supports those with similar conditions in common, through tiered support to meet escalating needs, enabling participants to see beyond themselves. These groups have a maximum of eight participants so the art therapist can ‘hold and contain’ each child’s emotions appropriately.
  3. Family art therapy supports parents and siblings as well as the child who is ill, together as a family unit, so they better understand the journey they are navigating together. 

We take a person centered and family focused approach to art therapy, meeting every child, young person, and family where they are at. 

Teapot Trust has really become part of our lives, its what makes all the hospital appointments a bit easier. It provides a quiet, relaxed space where you can get a moment of respite in between the stress and anxiety of meeting with doctors and having procedures done. It provides my child with much needed distraction and some relief from the fear and distress associated with being in hospital.

Photography by the V&A Dundee.