Young People’s Arc

Young People’s Arc works with over 100 young people aged between 5 and 25 each year, providing creative spaces and opportunities across the arts to support mental health, socialisation and confidence.

We offer the Shine and MusicSpace projects at Hat Works with referrals taken by Beacon Counselling, plus many more in partnership with agencies from Stockport and Tameside such as Signpost Young Carers, Stockport Homes, After Adoption and Tameside & Glossop Mind.

To enquire about partnerships and other YPA collaboration projects please email


MusicSpace is a participatory music and wellbeing programme for young people aged 11-19 living in the Stockport and Tameside areas.

Each week participants meet with other young creatives to explore how music can help with the everyday challenges that many of us face. All the sessions are delivered by working professional musicians who are trained experts in supportive music facilitation. 

Participants learn how to write, perform and record their own music all whilst building friendships with other local young people.

There’s absolutely no musical experience necessary, just a willingness to have a go and have some fun.

All sessions take place at our centre at Hat Works in Stockport, on Tuesdays from 16:30-18:30 during term time and some summer projects.

For more information or to make a referral please visit Beacon’s website.

You can follow MusicSpace on Instagram and SoundCloud!


Shine is an art studio project for young people aged 11-18 from Stockport, which we run in partnership with Beacon Counselling. Over 12 weekly sessions, participants develop their visual arts skills, including sessions in drawing, printing, mixed media and 3D and then develop their own piece of artwork in a supportive and creative studio space.

Sessions take place on Wednesdays 16:30–18:30 at Hat Works. For more information or to make a referral please visit Beacon’s website.

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