A children’s mental health charity backed by Duchess Kate is to close. The Art Room, a programme that uses art-making and discussion to support pupils with emotional difficulties, will close its doors.
Parent charity Place2Be revealed that the reasons are the financial pressures and shrinking school budgets. In a statement it confirmed that the charity was no longer sustainable financially, “particularly in an environment where school budgets are under pressure”.
The Art Room will run until the end of March, and then all eight of its facilities will close.
“Our teams are working with school staff to identify alternative support for children who have previously accessed our services,” the statement reads.
Duchess Kate became a patron of The Art Room in 2012, and this news will most certainly make her sad. She is a passionate supporter of the arts and children’s mental health, so this charity was the perfect combination.
Kate showed her passion about children’s health again on Wednesday, when she visited Stockwell Gardens Nursery and Pre-school. While there, she helped serve the kids breakfast and discuss the importance of enjoying a healthy morning meal each day.
The Duchess also discussed her survey ‘5 Big Questions on the Under Fives.’ Launched last week, the aim of it is to spark a UK-wide conversation about early childhood, asking everyone in the nation to contribute and have their say on raising the next generation.
Kate undertook a 24-hour tour to promote her survey; visiting MiniBrum at ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum, Ely and Careau Children’s Centre in Cardiff and HMP Send.
It has been a busy week for the Duchess of Cambridge. And she is not stopping. Tomorrow, February 2, she and husband, Prince William, are set to attend British Academy Film Awards for the fourth year in a row.
And on February 4, the couple will be traveling to South Wales on Feb. 4 for a visit.