What is BCAT?
The Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies (BCAT) is a registered charity which was set up in 1993 to provide an accessible arts therapies and more recently an arts in health service throughout the Midlands, the UK and extending to an international service. We assist children and adults who are experiencing mental health , behavioral or emotional issues.
The centre, a former Cadbury building, is unique in that it brings together art, drama, music, dance movement and play therapy which can be accessed both here and in an outreach capacity.
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BCAT arts experientials and courses
If you are looking to gain the necessary knowledge before completing an advanced course in art therapy or arts in health; or are looking for new techniques that therapists use to apply to your own work, then BCATs courses will be of interest. Our 2018 courses in ART, DANCE, DRAMA and MUSIC plus ARTS IN HEALTH are now available to book.
Further details here.
'Amelia was very engaging and pitched the course at the right level...I have been wanting to do this for ages and it has given me the push to apply for Dance Therapy.'
Anne, Autumn Dance Movement Course 2017
'I thought the course was informative and inspiring. Angela was particularly knowledgeable and enthusing.'
Susie, Spring Music Experiential 2017
Volunteering at BCAT
We are very lucky here at BCAT to work with fantastic volunteers from all walks of life. Over 2016/17 we had 133 people attending one of our monthly meetings.
To register your interest in becoming a volunteer please contact Liz Beech at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us at our award winning STEP ON
Every Monday - 11am to 2pm
Come and join our lovely group - open to all abilities AND not just for over 50s now - anyone can join! There is an optional choir group too.
Contact us on email@example.com or call 0121 440 8273.
BCAT in the Community
BCAT's unfunded arts in health workshops have assisted over 21 community groups; reaching over 620 people this year!
Alongside our partners, BCAT deliver arts in health to improve the health and well-being of our communities using art, dance, drama, music and play.
Gone WILD at the library this summer!
Great job to all the youngsters who came along to our Summer WILD project in conjunction with Birmingham libraries and to support the National Summer Literacy Programme. Here are just a few pictures of the amazing work produced.
BCAT reached over 120 young people this summer and we have enjoyed every little step.
Book an arts therapist
Book an arts in health facilitator for your workshops
Art installations and graphic design service
Training days for the workplace
Dates for your diary
30 Introduction to arts in health course
6 Introduction to arts in health course
6 BCAT Open Evening
9 Christmas Concert at Hagley Road Village
16 STARZ at Christmas, Northfield Library
18 Music and Mince Pies, Northfield Library
13 BCAT STARZ, Northfield Library
15 STEP ON NORTHFIELD, Northfield Library
Thank you to our supporters
Donate to BCAT
Help support our arts therapies for children and adults with mental health and also support our arts in health community work.
“It was not only the children who benefited from the Arts Therapies sessions! Their parents also participated and gained considerable new insight into their children’s behaviours and how strategies might be developed to facilitate greater understanding between themselves and their children. We hope that BCAT can continue to find sufficient funding to continue to work with us”.