An Arts on Prescription programme for children and young people aged 8 - 17 years

Using art to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people who experience heath challenges such as: stress, anxiety, depression or pain.

HEADSTART is an Arts on Prescription programme that offers young people access to high quality multiple arts workshops in a low stress, supportive environment. Through focused hands-on activities we provide relaxation and distraction, giving participants personal space away from day to day life. 

How can HEADSTART programmes help?
  • Increasing confidence
  • Learning new skills
  • Distraction from pain and problems
  • Spending time doing something enjoyable
  • Making friends 

What Programmes do you offer?

HEADSTART Artforms (Ages8 – 13): This programme provides up to 13 fortnightly 2 hour mixed artform workshops. Workshops are small groups of up to 10 young people and led by professional artists. Activities can include composing and creating, making, painting, drawing, as well as performance skills and creative writing. (Location: Camphill, Milton Keynes)

HEADSTART Art (Ages 13 – 17): This programme provides up to 12 fortnightly 2 hour art workshops. Workshops are small groups of up to 8 young people and led by professional artists. Activities can include drawing and painting, print-making and simple sculpture. (Location: Camphill, Milton Keynes)

HEADSTART Music (Ages 13-17): This programme is made up of 10 weekly 2 hour music workshops and is supported by the MK’s Music Faculty and Music Education Hub (option to continue subject to availability).Workshops are small groups of up to 8 young people and led by professional artists. Instruments can be provided during sessions. (Location: Stantonbury)

HEADSTART gallery of recent artworks

All HEADSTART workshops are FREE of charge and all materials are provided.
Sessions are friendly and welcoming and no previous arts/music experience is necessary. Workshops take place within suitable venues across Milton Keynes. In the workshops we don’t ask you to talk about why you are attending, but you will be required to complete evaluation forms aimed at measuring the health benefits of participating.

How can I take part?*
All HEADSTART programmes are available on a referral basis for young people who experience depression, stress, anxiety and/or pain. You can ask your GP, a community support worker or health care provider if they think it would benefit you. They will need to complete the attached referral form with you.
*Please note this activity is currently postponed please find our full COVID-19 statement here

Or you can get in touch with us directly at info@artsforhealthmk.org.uk or 01908 996124.

What happens?
When we receive your referral we will contact you and invite you to attend one of our HEADSTART programmes.

Headstart is funded by MK Community Foundation and supported by Camphill Milton Keynes Communities.
Arts for Health Milton Keynes
Facilities Directorate
Milton Keynes Hospital
Standing Way
Milton Keynes

01908 996124


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Arts for Health Milton Keynes is the working name of MK Arts for Health charity number 1107625  company number 0513769