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Helium Arts

A group of people drawing onto a clear board

Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure

I AM A(N):

Helium Arts is an award-winning Irish children’s charity that aims to improve the well-being of children and young people living with lifelong physical health conditions by providing free creative engagements in the community, online and in hospital, tailored to different age groups from ages 6-16.

Beyond lifelong health conditions. We use creativity and art to build community, spark friendships, unlock skills and new interests that can help children to overcome adversity.

We believe that creativity empowers children to feel confident, worthwhile, and respected and this helps them to become more prepared and capable in daily life.

93% of parents indicate that Helium Arts had improved their child’s physical health & well-being.

(Helium Arts Creative Health Hubs 2022 Evaluation Report, S3 Solutions)

Supported conditions include diabetes, epilepsy, cystic fibrosis, allergies, heart conditions, asthma, spina bifida, juvenile arthritis, rare or complex conditions and many more.

All workshops are supported by professional artists, volunteers and on-site medical care.

States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)

To actually see the teenagers' work gives you a real insight into people who may not show that side of themselves to you to maintain the control that they have, but they’ll show it to the artist. It’s really touching and a really important part of the overall care in hospital.

Dr. Aoibhinn Walsh, Paediatric SpR, on Helium's artist in residence programme for teenagers in hospital

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