The difference we make We work throughout the UK, from Inverness to Southampton and Liverpool to Newcastle. Over 12,000 children and young people have been supported throughout the charity’s ten year history. Usually, we provide around 4,700 hours of art therapy over the course of a year but 2020-2021 was exceptional, due to the pandemic, and the closure of our open groups in hospitals, due to the risk of cross-infection. Between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021, our professional art therapists provided more intensive support to fewer children and young people (319 in total plus 15 parents) totalling 2,392 hours of art therapy. The reduction in hours also reflects the time spent adapting and developing safe and effective online art therapy. The heightened anxiety caused by the pandemic meant that the average number of sessions for one-to-one art therapy more than doubled – from an average of one block of 8 one hour sessions to two or three blocks and occasionally more. Child led Goal Based Outcomes are used to measure progress and to empower the children and young people. The most common themes identified in 2020-2021 were: to feel happier to feel more confident and build my self-esteem to process my diagnosis and learn coping strategies to feel less anxious about medical treatments and tests (such as injections) to reduce negative thoughts to feel more positive about my condition to feel more in control of things coping with the stigma of people not believing my pain exploring stress and understanding the triggers 93% of children and young people made positive progress toward their goals. Evaluation of our online art therapy groups shows that children’s anxiety about their condition and/or its treatment reduced by almost 50%. Feedback from parents and carers is also really important in helping us to shape our services, so that our art therapists can be as effective a support as possible. Read more testimonials to learn more about how our services help.