About Us

Arty-Folks was founded November 1995 and today inspires over 120 people per year in both Coventry and Warwickshire to achieve mental well-being through the Visual Arts and Peer Support. People who come to our workshops suffer from mental ill health including anxiety, depression, personality disorders, schizophrenia and stress. Many have not received a medical diagnosis but recognise that they need support while they’re struggling with day-to-day living, work, relationships, or major life events. Our definition of mental ill health does not include learning disabilities as we do not want to duplicate the work of others.

Arty-Folks is supported by Peer Volunteers who know the service inside-out from their personal experience. Your Peer Volunteers will make you feel welcome and will support you to find out about a whole range of things that might be useful to your recovery. Peer Volunteers help shape what we do and we highly value their time, commitment, passion and expertise.

We offer Volunteering Placements to 2nd and 3rd year Art students at Coventry University who wish to explore working in a community setting. Art students can boost their employability and gain invaluable insight into how the visual arts can support people to build confidence in their abilities. In return, our members have the opportunity to be inspired by up and coming young artists.

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