How does darts work with mental health?

darts is committed to providing creative programmes that give people the chance to express themselves, develop new friendships, learn new skills and ignite new passions. We believe that art can be incredibly useful in building emotional resilience and good mental health. Everybody is welcome at The Point and we pride ourselves on our safe, inclusive environment.

Here you can find information on our current mental health related programmes.


Creative Directions

Our weekly art workshops for adults experiencing mental health difficulties are very popular. The group meets on Wednesdays, with the day split into two halves: the morning session (10am – 12pm) is self-facilitated, meaning you can come along and make use of our space and free art materials in whatever way you want. The afternoon session (1:30pm – 3:30pm) is artist-led; our artists will lead the group in creative activities. Creative Directions is very flexible, so you can turn up whenever and pop in or out as you please.

Interested in attending? See our FAQ guide on Creative Directions for more information.

In 2019, a Creative Directions group will also be set up in Edlington and Askern, thanks to funding from Spirit of 2012 – we’re looking forward to bringing Creative Directions out into the community and can’t wait to get started.


Talent Match

Talent Match is a national programme which aims to help young people aged 18 – 24 who have been out of employment or education for at least 12 months. Many participants experience mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression.

We are currently in our fifth and final year of running Talent Match here at darts. Throughout the programme, our Talent Match Coach Bob has worked with a wide variety of participants, using the arts to develop their life skills, improve their well-being, and support them in finding routes into employment or education. You can find out more about some participants’ stories here, and read Bob’s blog on his work.

As Talent Match is nearing its end, Bob is no longer taking on new clients. However, we will update this page if any new opportunities to work with Bob in a similar style arise.


Approved Premises

We have been delivering creative activity in the Criminal Justice setting across South Yorkshire for a number of years now. We use the arts to help offenders think differently about themselves, their behaviours and their futures; through this work we are able to positively affect their mental health and well-being.

Our artists have delivered a wide range of activities over the years, from circus skills to drama to visual arts. These creative sessions allow participants to develop skills – not just artistic skills, but communication, team work, receiving/giving constructive criticism and making positive choices. Click here to see an example of this work.