Teapot Trust’s newly affirmed strategic aims, that will shape everything we do – through which we’ll achieve our vision of enriching the lived experience of children with chronic conditions – are:

  1. support the mental health and wellbeing of children and their families
  2. provide creative interventions to manage anxiety, build resilience and encourage self-expression
  3. advocate that public health recognises and funds proven and cost-effective therapeutic arts

Teapot Trust is a Scottish charity providing a UK wide programme of art therapy and creative interventions in hospitals, to support the wellbeing of children and young people with chronic conditions and their families. Our work aims to build resilience in children with chronic conditions by encouraging them to express emotions, mentally overcome the challenges linked to their condition and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

We aim to make hospitals less frightening for children and their families by providing art therapy, giving a more positive experience of visiting hospital. We also aim to reduce anxiety for children about injections, blood tests and other invasive medical treatments. We have a team of professional art therapists working across Scotland and England. The art therapists providing our services are fully qualified to Masters degree level, are HCPC and BAAT registered and hold PVG/DBS Disclosure certification. Teapot Trust is an integral part of a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

When a child is disabled or has special needs or a chronic medical condition, then their life is affected so much with that. It’s not only them who suffer but the whole entire family suffers and all other members of that family are affected too. My disabled child suffers so much from the disability both physically and emotionally. When she started art therapy a few months ago, her life transformed and she started to become more hopeful. Her self esteem began to increase and so did her confidence.