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Supporting refugees and vulnerable people through specialist Art Therapy programmes (mixed gender, women only, adults, children and dementia), Social & Development Support, playschemes for recently settled refugee families, Youth projects, Volunteering and Skilling Up programmes.

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Charity information: SOLA ARTS

  • Need


    Mental ill-health and learning to cope on the road through recovery is not easy.
    We know this first hand as our staff and volunteers have their own lived experienced of mental distress either personally or through being carers of a loved one with mental distress. So, we know how important both psychological and the right type of social support is, and we provide this 52 weeks of the year.

    Mental distress, isolation, social anxiety, impacts of the effects of trauma and integration.


    Specialist programmes of support delivered by qualified & registered Art Psychotherapists, Social Worker together as well as creative mentors & facilitators;

    > Specialist therapy (Art Psychotherapy)
    > Social & Development support
    > Youth programmes
    > Refugee focused Playschemes
    > Volunteering & skilling up

    Another of our projects is Coordinating a month long refugee festival called FESTIVAL 31.
    There are many other projects that we run through the week and annually, too many to mention!

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improving the psychological wellbeing of refugees and vulnerable people.


    » Specialist Art Therapy and support programmes

    What success will look like

    people will have improved coping in their daily life

    Aim 2

    Providing advocacy and self-development to empower independence & ability to navigate services.


    » Through specialist support and development programmes and advocacy support

    What success will look like

    Numbers of people accessing social development support and advocacy. More people able to be self-resourceful to move forward in their lives.

    Aim 3

    To enable intergation and reduce isolation of refugees and vulnerable people.


    » Through an Art Drop-In Group run by mentors with lived experience of mental distress or caring for people with mental health problems.
    » Creating opportunities for people to get involve din community activity outside fo SOLA ARTS.
    » Delivering playschemes and youth projects.
    » Delivering creative projects, volunteering opportunity and skilling up training.

    What success will look like

    Attendance in specifically focused projects as well as number sof people accessing inhouse and external opportunities.

    Aim 4

    To celebrate refugee arts & culture and widening discourse about the refugee experience.


    » Through FESTIVAL 31- an annual grassroots 31 day refugee focused festival (, starting 1st day of National Refugee Week.

    What success will look like

    Delivery of the festival annually.

  • Impact


    Positive mental wellbeing, improved quality of life, empowerment, cohesion of communities and sharing between people, ndependence, community development and social change.


    A number of risks could impact on project delivery but we use policies and delivery approaches to ensure that risks are well considered and if they arise are managed- effectively and appropriately. We train staff and volunteers and ensure that all people involved in idrect delivery ar Fully Enhanced DBS Checked.
    For more specific information per programme can be provided upon request.


    Through our social media posts

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £118,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 Staffing costs Art Psychotherapy daily, Social Development Support daily, Weekly Art Drop-In Group, Festival Coord
      £20,000 Revenue All revenue required
      £20,000 Events, interpreting/Translati Therapy, Support, publicity £5,000 and Festival, celebration and community events, exhibitions
      £18,000 IT , materials, vols, Interpre IT equipment £6000/ Art materials £2000/Volunteers £5000/Interpreting £3000/Beneficiary travel £2000

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Erasmus+ £32,500 Guaranteed
    European Social Fund £24,500 Guaranteed
    John Moores Foundation £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Toxteth Liverpool as main base but satelittes around the city and in the wider region to be flexible to the new refugee dispersal demographics


    Liverpool residents mainly with a growing but still smaller percentage of people from Merseyside regionally

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are specialist and the only delivery of this provision in the city and region with over 14 years experience and expertise supporting refugees and vulnerable people in this way

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Adele Spiers

    Manager & Lead Art Psychotherapist

    Shumon Farhad

    Social Worker & Development Support

    Karen Wynne

    Festival Coordinator

    Other Sessional Staff

    Various roles including Creative Mentoring, Therapy, Supervision for therpiasts, Volunteer Mentoring and Digital Arts Skiils tutoring




1day advocacy & social support for 5 people

Art therapy has changed my life- for 15 years I was alone at home, no I travel by taxi myself to therapy and art groups and I enjoy life