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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 health 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

We currently offer the following Programmes:

︎HEADSTART Art (ages 8 - 12) & (13 – 17)

This programme provides up to 12 weekly 1.5 hour art workshops. Workshops are small groups of up to 10 young people and led by professional artists. Activities can include drawing and painting, print-making and simple sculpture.

︎ HEADSTART Drama (ages 8 – 12) & (13 - 17)

During this 12 week course young people will learn and explore drama skills that will encourage independent creativity, building confidence and self esteem. The aim of this programme is to support the group to create a piece of drama; the form, style and subject matter of the piece will be inspired by the young people themselves. Participants will be encouraged to take creative lead on the project, making it relevant and relatable to the young people and their current experiences and opinions.

Find out more about our most recent drama course here.

︎🎶️ HEADSTART Music (ages 8 – 12) & (13 - 17)

During this 12 week course we will focus primarily on musical creativity in the form of songwriting. Participants will be able to contribute by creating lyrics, melodies, rhythms and chord sequences. There will be opportunities for participants to share original ideas that could be brought to life in the group setting.

The aim is to collaborate then create and record a track everyone can take home as an MP3. We will have a small studio set up where we can record and edit sounds. We will use drums as an initial point for group improvisation and performance; then we will give structure to our performances for a potential showcase at the end of the course. We will listen to familiar songs and play along with them.


Starting Monday 11th March
(Ages 13 - 17)
6pm – 7.30pm

Course dates:
March 11, 18, 25
April 1st bank holiday
April 8th Tutor on leave
April 15, 22, 29
May 6th bank holiday
May 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10 & 17

MK Dons Brooklands Pavilion, Countess Way, Brooklands, Milton Keynes MK10 7HN

There are 10 spaces available on a first come, first served basis.

If interested please contact

Good to know...

All workshops are FREE of charge and all materials are provided. Sessions are friendly and welcoming, and no previous arts/music experience is necessary. In the workshops we do not ask you to talk about why you are attending, but you will be asked to complete an evaluation form aimed at measuring the health benefits of participating.

How can a young person 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 support worker or health care provider if they think it would benefit you. 

You can also refer your young person directly if you wish. Simply complete the form and return to us.

Referral Forms:
For a referral form please download the form below:

Referral Form Word.doc

or contact us on:


︎ 01908 996124

What happens?

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

HEADSTART Gallery of Recent Artworks

︎Looking for Activities to try at home whilst we process your referral?
Have you tried our online activities yet? There is plenty to explore from home including photography ideas, painting tips and music to listen to. Explore here

Headstart is funded by Big Lottery Community Fund
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Arts for Health Milton Keynes
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Milton Keynes Hospital
Standing Way
Milton Keynes

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Arts for Health Milton Keynes is the working name of MK Arts for Health charity number 1107625  company number 05137693