Creative Programmes for Adults

Mental Health Support in Stockport

The Community Programme

The Community Programme is a service for mental health support in Stockport and the ideal entry point into Arc. It is led by experienced community artists and designed to help vulnerable participants build in confidence, relax, increase their wellbeing and feel more a part of their local community. All abilities are welcome.

The Creative Challenge Programme

Creative Challenge is a self-development programme for individuals suffering from mental health difficulties who feel they are ready to take the next step in their journey towards recovery. Supported by staff, volunteers and social work students, the programme works with each individual to help them fulfil their aspirations. See our very first virtual exhibition of artwork by participants here.

Creative Mums

The Creative Mums programme is designed to support mums who are experiencing post-natal depression, anxiety or low mood. Creative workshops provide therapeutic ‘me-time’, whilst creating a safe space for mums to connect, share their feelings and develop peer-to-peer support. See the video here for an example of a key project with professional animators. Alternatively while face-to-face sessions are suspended, find out more about the Creative Mums Online Facebook Group.

Arts for Ageing Well

Arc’s Ageing Well programme consists of weekly artist-led workshops designed to build social connections and increase wellbeing for isolated older people.

Do you know someone older and isolated who might penefit from a creative pen pal? Find out more about Culture Buddies mail art project here.

Interested in helping to shape arts and culture in Stockport? Find out more about the Culture Champions programme here. Participation is as passive or active as you’d like it to be.

If this is your first time at Arc, it is recommended that you talk to us about which of our programmes is most appropriate for you. Sessions that are still running are currently held online, and we will help you through the process.

If you are looking for mental health support in Stockport and would like to know more about you or someone you know or work with joining one of our programmes, please email referrals@arc-centre.org with your name, contact details and referring agency (where applicable) stating which programme you are interested in. We will then get back in touch with a referral form. Alternatively please call our Referrals Team on 0161 474 1462.

Looking for mental health support for young people? Visit this page.