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.
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.