Courtyard gets mental health project grant

Published: 1 November 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

A #TalkAwayDontWalkAway workshop

The Courtyard Hereford has received £10,000 from a charitable trust to continue its mental health project for young people #TalkAwayDontWalkAway.

The Eveson Trust has given the money which will enable the project to be delivered to primary and secondary schools across Herefordshire.

Courtyard education officer Rebecca Cook said, “we’re thrilled to have received funding from the Eveson Trust as it enables us to work with even more schools and young people, from KS1 through to college age.”

#TalkAwayDontWalkAway was established in 2019. The project now includes a two-hour in-person workshop, activity booklets, access to five digital workshops and an invitation to be a part of the #TalkAwayDontWalkAway showcase and perform on the Courtyard’s main stage.

One of the teachers whose school took part in the project said, “I think the arts are important for children in terms of their mental health because it gives them another creative outlet for their feelings and emotions. The staff were really engaging and welcoming, the activities that we’ve done have been topical and the children have really engaged with it.”

Further information is available at the Courtyard web site.