Two of the Duchess of Cambridge’s patronages are merging. Place2Be and The Art Room will combine their services to “extend and diversify the type of support” they offer to students, families, teachers and school staff.
“At a time when the profile of school-based mental health support has never been greater, we are pleased to be able to extend our offering for schools as part of a whole school approach to mental health,” said Place2Be’s Chief Executive Catherine Roche.
“There is an obvious and natural link between the work of our two organisations, and we are looking forward to exploring opportunities to integrate more closely in order to support more children and young people.”
Place2Be is mandated to provide “emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children’s resilience through talking, creative work and play,” per its website.
When the two organisations merge, The Art Room will continue to run in its eight sites around the United Kingdom, but behind the scenes, the two will look into piloting ways to combine their programming effectively.
“We are very excited by the potential for our two organisations to work effectively together, harnessing the strengths and potential of both organisations to support more children, schools and families in more effective ways,” said Lisa Harker, Chief Executive of The Art Room.
The Art Room uses “art as a vehicle for subtle therapeutic work” and their practitioners work with children, “helping them express themselves and grow in confidence,” per its website.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been patron of Place2Be since 19 April 2013, and patron of The Art Room since 5 January 2012. The Duchess recently visited Reach Academy Feltham, which is a Place2Be Partner School, this past week.
Speaking at Place2Be’s School Leaders Forum last year, the Duchess said that, “We are all working to give children the emotional strength they need to face their future lives and thrive.”