AT The Bus offers a school-based programme of art as therapy to support the mental wellbeing of children and young people aged 5 -18 in Oxfordshire. Group sessions take place during the school day in a purposely designed therapeutic studio space in a double decker bus located on school grounds.

AT The Bus students work in small groups led by experienced facilitators trained in The Beattie Methodology, a creative therapeutic intervention that supports mental wellbeing, alleviates anxiety, develops resilience and helps young people build their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence. The double decker bus offers a calm, safe space within the school site for students to access.

While we wait for a bus to be refitted, we are working in a temporary studio space in the grounds of The Cherwell School.

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Setting the context: mental health stats for the under 18s

  • Rates of depression and anxiety have increased among teenagers by 70% in the last 25 years.
  • In the UK, 60% of those who need mental health support do not have access to it during childhood.
  • The majority of lifelong mental illness starts during adolescence.
  • 93% of teachers report increased rates of mental health issues amongst children and teenagers.

Ways to Support Us

  • Donate

    It costs £180,000 a year to run AT The Bus, supporting over 100 young people each month through times of anxiety and crisis. Your contribution will keep the bus operating.

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  • Fundraise for AT The Bus

    You might already have an idea about how to raise much needed funds for us. Coffee mornings, sponsored runs or swims, cake sales, concerts – there are so many ways. We’d love to hear what you have planned.

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  • Volunteer

    If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please get in touch. We’d be delighted to hear from you. There are all sorts of ways you can be involved.

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  • Become a Friend of AT The Bus

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"Art can reach parts of us that are inaccessible to other ways of communication. Art is medicine for our deeper selves. What better way to provide health giving opportunities than for it to come to you in a bus like a scanner for your psyche."

Grayson Perry CBE RA and Patron of AT The Bus
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“Imaginative schemes for helping us all engage with issues surrounding mental health and wellbeing are to be applauded. I would like to express my support and enthusiasm for the principles behind this project and am especially excited about the way this practice will use the therapeutic power of art to make a difference.”

Chris Price, Headteacher of The Cherwell School
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“AT The Bus goes to the heart of what is needed by schools, in providing a place where young people can take time out, explore issues that are important to them and be heard. This special space will help young people to think creatively, to develop strategies that work and to fulfil their unique potentials. At a time when young people’s mental health is a concern for us all, having a place to help them in this way will be a huge asset in our community.”

Marion Stevenson, Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire
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I have known Juli, the Founder of The Art Room charity, for over a decade and been familiar with the Beattie Methodology throughout that time. I can say with a great deal of confidence that this is one of the most transformative methodologies I have come across in my time in education.

Emmanuel Botwe, Headteacher of Tytherington School
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“AT The Bus is a charity offering young people access to a high quality provision that seeks to improve their mental health. We work in the belief that all young people at some point in their lives may need access to therapy. There is no stigma or labelling involved in this provision at all. Young people may need support for a variety of reasons which may be deep seated or may be unexpected."

Gloria Lowe, Headteacher of Sydenham School and Trustee of AT The Bus
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  • Classes have begun

    Classes have begun

    Our first students are working to transform geometric shaped clocks . Here is the first finished clock.

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  • Transforming everyday objects

    Transforming everyday objects

    Everyday objects like jugs, vases, tables, picture frames, clocks and trays are used in by our students in workshop sessions […]

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  • Camille Walala to design our first bus

    Camille Walala to design our first bus

    World renowned artist Camille Walala will design our first bus. It will be a stunning work of art on school grounds and an inspiration to students, staff and all members of the extended school community.

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