The South Tees Arts Project

TIN Arts are working with NHS North East and North Cumbria’s Child Health and Wellbeing Network and key regional partners to deliver an innovative locality-based dance and health project in South Tees (Tees Valley).  

The project involves an active research strand that aims to understand better the physical and mental wellbeing benefits of taking part in dance and wider arts activities and how these support participants through creative and engaging ways to express themselves and develop self-awareness, identity, social and emotional learning skills.  

S.T.A.R. will take place in two primary schools based in South Tees: Grangetown Primary and Thorntree Academy. S.T.A.R. builds upon each of the partner organisation’s portfolios of work including Children North East’s Poverty Proofing, Northern Ballet’s National Touring of work for children and young people and TIN Arts’ inclusive dance development work focused on increasing access to the arts for wellbeing. 

S.T.A.R. is also underpinned by the South Tees HeadStart programme which works across all schools and colleges in delivering an evidenced Academic Resilience curriculum. The three universities involved leading the Reearch (Teesside University, University of Huddersfield and Newcastle University) collectively offer a wealth of experience evaluating health and social care interventions and addressing health inequalities. 

S.T.A.R. began in June 2021 and runs until August 2022. Further information will be available soon. 

Partners: NHS North East and North Cumbria’s Child Health and Wellbeing Network, Thorntree Academy, Grangetown Primary School, Northern Ballet, Children North East, Public Health South Tees, Teeeside University, University of Huddersfield, Newcastle University, TIN Arts.  

Funding to support the project has been secured from a variety of sources including NENC’s Mental Health and Child Health and Wellbeing Networks and Clinical Commissioning Groups.