The Art Room is an Oxford and London based charity that aims to help 5 – 16 year olds experiencing behavioural and emotional difficulties to build their self-confidence, self-esteem and independence.
Founder Juli Beattie, who wanted to create a caring and creative environment in which children could learn through art, set up the charity in Oxford in 2002.
Since then children who have either become disengaged from mainstream education, withdrawn or have been identified as needing time away from school have been visiting the centres with extremely positive results.
The students face a range of difficulties from autism right through to being the sole carer in their family, but whatever the situation The Art Room intends to provide respite.
Speaking of their new patron, founder Beattie said: “This is wonderful news. On behalf of all of our Trustees and staff and the children and young people we support, I want to thank The Duchess for choosing The Art Room. It is a fantastic endorsement of the work we do and the role that art and creativity can play in helping children and young people whose start in life has been difficult.”
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