This project is designed to help young people in Stevenage share and explore their issues in a low risk, non-threatening, group environment and through a variety of creative activities begin to address their issues and find ways of overcoming them in the short and long term.


The project is aimed at those young people experiencing low self-esteem, lack of confidence, ‘low level’ mental health and any other issues that leave them feeling disenfranchised, and prevent them engaging positively with their community.
Where identified students can be referred to Tilehouse counselling for 1-1 support.



The workshops are offered for up to 12 students as either:


  • 4 weeks at 2hrs
  • 6 weeks at 1hr


Students are identified by the school for referral to the project.



Facilitators for the project have been commissioned by Tilehouse Counselling from The Create Network

Andrea Watts – Artist & Project manager
Richard McKie – Musician

Martyn Jolly - Actor

All facilitators have enhanced DBS checks.



  Element A Typical Activity


Non-challenging activities that ease individuals into the session and build group cohesion.

Exploring differences – students line up along a piece of string and are invited to answer a series of 'Would you rather …' questions.   Each question has 2 alternatives, and students give their response by stepping to one side of the line or the other. For example:  Would you rather be wealthy or really popular? This stimulates discussion and an understanding of differing opinions and perspectives.




Focused sessions that asks young people to identify the issues they are facing.

Mindfulness – Using an Acceptance Commitment Therapy tool (a video created by young people, for young people) students are introduced to the concept of understanding and managing difficult thoughts and emotions. An interactive activity brings the concept in the video to life, deepening understanding.

Self Reflection – students are then asked to take some time to capture the issues and challenges they face on a daily basis.  Discussion with facilitators takes place on a 1-2-1 basis. Individually students are given the opportunity to identify key areas of concern.




Creative activities using both the BODY and MIND that get young people thinking in a lateral or different way

Body – students work together in groups and, using various techniques, develop different rhythms.  In doing so, students explore and reflect upon core life skills such as; listening to others, respecting others, working towards shared objectives and many more.

Mind – students work individually creating a collage that represents their individuality and unique qualities. Once created the students are invited to share with others in the group. This activity increases self-awareness, helps build confidence and better understanding of others. It involves lateral thinking, the use of metaphor and storytelling.




Embedded into the delivery are tools to help develop resilience and self-awareness in young people.

Taking action - All the activities act as a vehicle for students to learn from each other as well as the facilitators. Where possible, students are encouraged to use the tools and techniques they learn between sessions to help build confidence and increase self-belief.