The child-centred approach of Every Cloud Play Therapy and Creative Arts Therapy offers children a safe, accepting and non-judgemental space to explore and work through difficult experiences and feelings.
Every Cloud won the GloucestershireLive Small Business of the Year Award in 2022. We find out more about who they are and what they are doing to understand why they stood out to the judges.
Who are Every Cloud Play and Creative Arts Therapy?
- Every Cloud work to support the mental health of children and young people.
- Qualified therapists offer children aged three and over a safe space to work through their emotional difficulties using 1:1 play and creative arts therapy sessions.
- Founded in 2019, a team of 7 staff with 3 therapy rooms in Cheltenham see 40 children and young people each week.
The ‘go to’ service for children with mental health concerns due to their holistic approach
Demand increased for Every Cloud’s services, particularly post-pandemic, and they grew from two therapists and one therapy room to a team of seven with three therapy rooms. They developed their own approach to working therapeutically with children, their families, and the other professionals in the wider systems around the child. Every Cloud are passionate about affecting sustainable positive change in the lives of children and young people and believe that this can only be done through working closely and collaboratively with everyone in the child’s world, including parents/carers, schools, social care, family support, health professionals etc.
This holistic approach has helped the team to develop strong working relationships with multiple agencies around Gloucestershire and making them the ‘go-to’ service for children with mental health concerns. This dedication to making differences in children’s lives has also led to them receiving a ‘No Child Left Behind’ Award from Cheltenham Borough Council for two consecutive years.
Determination and innovative thinking through the pandemic
As a not-for-profit organisation, Every Cloud are committed to providing a service that benefits the local community, and this became particularly important when face to face sessions were impossible during the pandemic. With great determination, they found ways of adapting, so that the children and young people they worked with could continue to access therapeutic support at a crucial time for mental health. Initially they facilitated virtual sessions, which required creative and flexible ways of thinking, particularly with some of their younger clients! Then, they found ways of adapting their physical space so that they could resume face to face sessions in a socially distanced capacity.
During the pandemic they sought and were awarded grants from both local and national funders (Barnwood Trust, Cheltenham Borough Council, National Lottery) so that they could deliver Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) to struggling families. This training empowers parents to learn and implement therapeutic skills at home and has continued to be offered with positive results. It is used to support families from a range of backgrounds, including supporting newly adoptive families.
With their distinctive approach of working with the whole network around the child or young person, they know that the greatest change will occur when knowledge, information and skills are shared with all in the best interests of the child. They work closely with parents in providing psychoeducation to help them support their child and offer INSET day training for schools which has been very positively received by professionals. This offering will not only support Every Cloud in continuing to grow, but also sets them apart from other play therapy practices in the area.