A CHARITY that provides creative therapy to improve mental health across the West Midlands has set up its headquarters in Dudley town centre.

The Arts of Change Trust have recently moved into Holloway Chambers on Priory Street where they provide vital counselling and therapy services to people across the region.

The team use art, play, drama and dance movement therapy alongside traditional ‘talking’ therapies to help build self-confidence and self-esteem and are currently supporting key workers who have been on the front line fighting against coronavirus as part of a National Lottery funded project.

The team is also running The Creative Orchid Project, funded by Dudley Voluntary Council Service, which is free for adults to explore a range of emotional, physiological and psychological issues through weekly art and crafts groups.

Councillor Keiran Casey is an avid supporter of their work and met with CEO Christian Dixon to welcome the team to their new home in Dudley.

The Upper Gornal and Woodsetton councillor said: "It was fantastic to visit the new offices in Dudley recently and the work that has been done has transformed the space into lots of intimate and private rooms for counselling and therapy, which are ideal.

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"I was really pleased to hear about their two new initiatives that they have recently secured funding for during lockdown, and the work they do is vitally important and is making such a massive difference, particularly in helping and supporting some of the most vulnerable people and in recent months many of the key workers and people who have been on the front line in the fights against coronavirus.

"I'll continue to do everything I can to help and support the great work the AoC Trust are doing locally and I'd urge anyone that needs help and support to get in touch with them straight away so they can help."

Christian Dixon, Chief Executive of the AoC Trust said: "It was great to have Keiran visit recently to our new offices in the heart of Dudley Town Centre and he has been supporting the work we are doing for many years.

"Our work has proved to be exceptionally vital now, especially with the rise in mental health and emotional wellbeing concerns becoming front and centre to many who have been directly or indirectly affected by Covid-19."

The team offer professional counselling and therapy services for all ages with self referrals accepted. As part of the Children in Need funded ProjectME Mindcraft, they also provide free therapy and counselling support for children and young people aged three to 18-years-old with mental health concerns.

To find out more about the Arts of Change, call 01384 211168 or email support@theaoc.org.uk.