Wac Arts provides an uplifting digital and face-to-face multi-disciplinary arts programme to empower disadvantaged young people age 5 to 30 to transform their lives and improve their mental and physical health and well-being. This is complemented by outstanding pastoral support from our expert team.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (267043)
"You made me a better dancer and now I have more confidence"
"I wouldn’t be the artist, the person or the woman I am without the foundation Wac Arts gave me. It was a real lifeline for me when I was in my teens and living in a hostel. I want everyone to know what it feels like to be allowed to be yourself."
“WAC supported me, and invested time and effort in me, as a child and teenager and helped make me the person I am today. I am happy to support you whenever I am able to - WAC is a special place.”
“Wac provided my autistic son the stability, tools and confidence to start afresh when our world had literally fallen apart. I don't know where we would be today without the help and support they gave to us and continue to do.”
Our young people are among the groups disproportionately affected by Covid-19. 68% are from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds; 20% identify as disabled and 32% live in England's most deprived areas. They face heightened risk to health and life; financial security and economic futures; education, physical activity and creative opportunities. Caught in fragile home settings without access to support networks, our young people report greater anxiety, depression, self-doubt and isolation.
During the pandemic, Wac Art has been supporting vulnerable young people to offset the negative emotional and socioeconomic impacts of the virus. We have innovated, developing an uplifting digital arts programme to match our face-to-face work helping young people safeguard their mental health, combat anxiety and isolation. This online offer ensures they connect with us, their peers and their creativity so they can navigate and manage their mental health and well-being during Covid and beyond.
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