AboutUs

Our Team

Leadership

Beth Gevell

Director

Hugely creative, I am passionate about enabling as many young people as possible to unlock their true potential: both personally and artistically. Using compassion, empathy, honesty and fun I support our young people to achieve their goals and to cope with any difficulties they face.

I am so proud of all the young people who continually inspire me with their courage and commitment. To head up AFLP and watch it grow is literally my dream come true.

Support Team

Sam Harvey

Wellbeing Practitioner

With over 12 years working with young people, supported by a PG Diploma in Applied Art Room Practice, I believe that Art as a therapy, especially in the safe, supportive space we have at AFLP, supports wellbeing, develops resilience, alleviates anxiety and helps young people build their self-confidence and independence. AFLP is an ideal place to practice what I preach and nothing makes me happier.

Amanda Blake

Family Support Worker

I am passionate about enabling young people to be their authentic selves and to supporting their families. Personal experience with ASD has given me a wealth of knowledge and understanding. Patience and kindness are my best attributes along with a love of colour and creativity.

Lucy Heywood Jones

Project Co-Ordinator

I found AFLP after many years as an area manager for a children’s drama school. I know, first hand, the importance and power of The Arts and I am a passionate about promoting confidence, self-esteem and development in young people. On a personal note, my brother has learning challenges and I wish our family had had access to this amazing project.

Yvonne Sarratt

Clinician

Earthy, curious and charismatic, I thoroughly enjoy working for AFLP and find such a sense of joy when you see our young people and their families flourishing. To include the Arts enables these young people to open up more quickly; enabling us to support and facilitate change.

I am a trained psychotherapist with a BA in Social Sciences, a PG Diploma in Person Centred and Existential Counselling, an MA in Transpersonal Child, Adolescent, Adult and Family Therapy, a Diploma in Sandplay Studies and a Certificate in Person Centred Supervision.

Zoe Miranda

Clinician

Creative, kind and fun are the words which best describe me. I have a gentle approach to therapy and include sand, play and puppet therapies to create a safe environment which allows our young people to express emotional issues that they find difficult to put into words. AFLP combines Therapy and Fun.

Yasmine Simcock

Community Youth Worker

I joined AFLP not long after it started as a member of the Creative Crew. Now, as a member of the Youth Worker Team, my personal experience enables me to be an empathetic, creative and honest mentor and wellbeing practitioner and to help our young people to achieve their own self-confidence and independence.

Luke Gevell

Community Youth Worker

Three words to describe me are empathetic, free-spirited and adventurer. My passion in life is to be able to support and encourage young people, so my work at Arts for Life Project is my dream job. With a previous history of mental health and challenges I feel in a good place to offer my wisdom, knowledge and most of all my support.

Josh Knight

Community Youth Worker

My enormous empathy with our young people comes from my own life experience - you could say: "I've got the t-shirt" - and, with this, there is no better qualification for understanding many of the challenges that our young people struggle with.

Sophie Mattes

Community Youth Worker

Thoughtful, determined, soft and funny are all words to describe me.  Being hard of hearing and coping with multiple health issues, my passion in life is supporting others who find life challenging.  I am calm, understanding and feel blessed to be part of the Arts for Life Project family.

Our Trustees

Penny Ericson

Chair

I am a mum, career market researcher, and a passionate advocate for any activity that engages young people whether through sports, arts or other community group, in order to boost mental health.
AFLP has provided so much support to my child and others I really want to help it to flourish in the future.

Ruth Howe

Treasurer

I run my own financial services business from home with my husband.
My family has seen on a personal level the power of the arts and the positive outcome that it can have on an individual’s life and personal self-esteem and I am passionate about sharing this with others.

Emma Matthews

Secretary

I live in Pinner with my husband Russel, and two lovely young people, who have a mix of autism, PDA and ADHD, which keeps life interesting! AFLP has offered our family a wonderfully supportive and safe place to be, a place to socialise and express themselves where they feel accepted, included and encouraged - even when it’s hard for them to join in.

Dahlia Basrawi-Deeno

Trustee

I was blown away by the real benefits AFLP brings to young people’s everyday lives. The ethos of 'putting their arms around the whole family' really resonates, so often the network around a young person is forgotten. I bring over 15 years' experience in corporate learning and development to assist with all aspects of the training and learning.

Join us ! it only takes a minute …

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Arts for Life Project. You can support us in many ways, a variety of voluntary roles are vital to the day to day running of the charity. Have a look at the ways you can help and complete the Volunteer Registration Form.

 

About Us

Our Mission

Arts for Life Projects aims to provide a safe, secure, nurturing space where The Creative Arts encourage positive interactions for proactive mental health and development.

Where We Started

Under a Splash Fountain !!!

A Psychotherapist and an Artist came together and decided to support young people using Creativity AS Therapy.
Supporting, nurturing and developing through proactive holistic and person-centred approaches to emotional wellbeing and respite.

How We Do It

Holistically and Person-Centred

Our programmes engage our young people and their families in activities which are always achievable, calm and which encourage hidden skills to develop naturally and wholly. Individual participants are the full focus of interaction without personal agenda or forced conversation.

Who We Do It For

Young People and their Families

Our 6 – 25 year old participants have a love of the arts and an ability to interact in a group setting.  They have complex hidden needs that push them to the margins of both society and their surrounding community support structure. Our projects make an impactful change within their everyday lives.

Where We Are Now

The Centre is Our Home

Each programme we run is created to meet a participant’s need. We develop useable, holistic programmes that suit those most in need.
We have seen the power of a peer mentors’ support for a younger user, a young person’s self-belief grow through security & nurture and a parent’s realisation that help is at hand.

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