Arty-Folks was founded in November 1995 by a user of mental health services who felt disempowered by his diagnosis, ‘managed’ by the medical profession, and written off by society in collaboration with a community artist.
We ran the first workshop on 25th April 1996 and we have offered an uninterrupted service on a shoestring budget since with the support of numerous wonderful Peer Volunteers.
Today this Wednesday group offers immediate access to people when they need it most and joining is easy and informal.
2002 we started running our 2nd weekly art group, Progression, for people who are gaining confidence to move into mainstream recreational groups.
2013 we added our 3rd group, Making Way, for people who are feeling stable and want to start employment or education.
January 2017 our 4th group, Making Headway, specifically for young people 18-30 years old who are struggling to transition into independence and adulthood.