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What we do

Our Work

Cathartic's programmes and services aim to benefit individual and group health and wellbeing, placing the impact of creativity at the core of all its services. Our creative practice and workshop delivery will be given in an inclusive, caring, happy and sensitive manner, with bespoke activities that meet the varied needs and interests of each individual or group. Each will have the opportunity to journey on their unique creative path.


The programmes will include a variety of both one-off workshops and longer running sessions, some culminating in a collaborative showcase. In offering regular creative workshops, Cathartic provides the opportunity for individuals to join in an inclusive and integrated environment, building confidence and self esteem. Participating in creative activity offers a release from anxiety and stress which provides space to gain new perspective on life and personal confidence. Through the creative journey, our participants will find new skills and interests which will present fresh opportunities, personal choices and improved decision making.


Cathartic provides more than just an activity: it offers a first step to social integration, recovery from illness, coping with grief, building self esteem, living positively with a disability, all within a safe, creative environment. In essence, Cathartic offers a route of self-discovery and learning, to develop personal support strategies to enrich general wellbeing.

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Older generation- Creative services

Weekly Art sessions in Care Homes and Retirement Villages

Weekly Art sessions in Care Homes and Retirement Villages

Weekly Art sessions in Care Homes and Retirement Villages

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 Art classes can be a stimulating and fulfilling activity to help those in the later stages of life. It is proven to increase the quality of life, and people can discover a new way of expression. Art can also awaken responses and aid understanding for people experiencing memory loss.
Whether it is a craft-based activity or skilled watercolor painting, creating something can brighten an elderly persons day and help them communicate through a different medium. The ability to use a creative language as a form of self-expression can uncover artistic abilities that enhance the lives of the elderly by bringing happiness and fulfillment. The mindfulness of engaging in art encourages dignity, validation and a sense of purpose, and clients can re-establish a value in themselves and others. Through regular creative programmes, anxiety and feelings of isolation are decreased as therapeutic art sessions stimulate mindful conversation because of the enlightening opportunities that they bring.

A Trip down Memory Lane

Weekly Art sessions in Care Homes and Retirement Villages

Weekly Art sessions in Care Homes and Retirement Villages

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Creative workshops for the retired and elderly, offering a stimulating programme of activities based on the theme of a ‘Time Capsule’. The workshops will be delivered in a supportive group environment and will promote positive memories, friendship, confidence and mindful stimulation. Activities are designed to challenge and encourage individual engagement and celebrate personal stories/ histories within a group setting: all building on and celebrating the life experiences and achievements of members of the group. 

All About Me Film

Weekly Art sessions in Care Homes and Retirement Villages

All About Me Film

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This service offers the unique opportunity to help document and celebrate past histories that can be enjoyed by family and friends for years to come. We will provide a sensitive and safe platform within your home, for you to be able to share precious stories. The stories and memories will be edited and transferred onto DVD and photos will be captured within a photo book.

People living with Dementia - Creative services

Weekly Art sessions for people living with Dementia

More information coming soon

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5-month creative programme for people living with Young Onset Dementia

A Young Onset Dementia diagnosis is given to an individual diagnosed with Dementia before the age 65 years old. There are currently over 800 people living with Young Onset Dementia, the current youngest being diagnosed in their late 20's. We wanted to create a programme for people in Hertfordshire specifically living with this type of Dementia, as well as their loved ones /  carers. 


Hosted at The Cathartic Creative Cafe, this 5-month mindfulness arts programme provides creative and stimulating activities tailored to the needs, abilities and interests of both the service users and carers who are participating. The project could also provide respite for carers. It is hoped the project will inspire enthusiasm and creativity, and that the activities can be continued at home. For those with a YOD diagnosis, we feel that the opportunity to participate in art sessions (experimenting with materials, colours, exploring ideas and opening creative channels for self-expression) has extensive therapeutic values and will contribute holistically to the quality of life. Mindfulness and the stimulation of imagination is shown to contribute to the building of self-esteem and confidence. Creative sessions give freedom of expression and the chance to develop new interests, empowering service users with a sense of achievement, turning what can feel like trapped, negative time into positive, productive time. The art sessions will increase social interaction and communication between service users and carers that will provide a healthy diversion from discussions on care and medical matters. The work created, combined with the fun, social aspect will also help to create an uplifting atmosphere for all. Through the scope of our practice, we know that having the opportunity to access a creative activity can improve our sense of well-being, inspire our imagination to distract from the challenges in our lives. 


The 5-month project will culminate in a professional exhibition of work, to be held in a prestigious community establishment, and will showcase the personal development and individual achievements created by those participating. The exhibition will be advertised and promoted and will raise awareness of YOD within local communities and beyond Participants do not have to be naturally creative, as every activity is accessible. The group environment will encourage a support system and nurture friendships.The programme will be taking place over 15 sessions and we would like you to attend as many of the sessions as possible.


If you, or someone you know is living with Young Onset Dementia in Hertfordshire and you / they would like to attend the creative sessions, please do not hesitate to get in touch...

Intergenerational Programme

 We run a unique initiative that has proven to be very special and which has successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of combining young and old.  Our creative programme combines a group of children (as young as two years of age) that visit a group of elderly people (all in their nineties) for 6 consecutive weeks. The sessions are filled with imaginative, engaging and stimulating activities that will entertain both old and young. This allows for unlikely friendships to form and a social tool that adopts positive change in the way that different generations perceive each other. Through an injection of youth to brighten lives, our mission is to tackle the loneliness that our older generation can face and improve overall health and happiness. The wisdom and life experience that our older friends have, also presents opportunities and greatly benefits the young people involved. The programme is truly remarkable. 

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Special Educational Needs and Disability - Creative services

At Home Bespoke Art Projects

Facilitator and Chaperone Service for young people with additional needs

At Home Bespoke Art Projects

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Through our wealth of knowledge and experience with children with physical and neurological impairments and/or learning difficulties, we identify how difficult it is for some families to find appropriate activities that take into account individual care/ability/medical needs as well as personal interests. Some children with complex needs benefit from participation within the comfort of their own home - possibly with siblings or friends. Parents may enjoy respite whilst their child is being creative in their own environment, having fun as well as being physically cared for. This programme is also created for young people who suffer with anxiety issues and low self-esteem.


We aim to provide sensory, stimulating and creative experiences for young people who face challenges that others don't. Our expertise in adapting activities for a wide range of physical, mental and neurological impairments, provides a range of sensory and stimulating approaches to creative projects for some of the most vulnerable young people.


In our experience, we have discovered that the power of this programme can unlock unseen potential in our young people, leading them to find future creative opportunities and pathways that were previously considered unattainable. The individual focus given to each of our clients, allows for the development of their self confidence for them to strive to achieve more and more. 

SEND Holiday Art Programmes

Facilitator and Chaperone Service for young people with additional needs

At Home Bespoke Art Projects

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Our workshops of art-based respite programs during school holiday periods are designed for children and young people with disabilities and learning difficulties. Currently, there are a wide range of childrens' holiday programmes, but these mostly cater for able-bodied children.  We provide a safe and inclusive environment for young people with physical, neurological and/or learning disabilities to come together and engage in an exciting, stimulating, ability-appropriate holiday programme. We encourage and promote inclusion and encourage friendships with an opportunity for vulnerable children to come together, identify with one other to form friendships, promote self esteem and build confidence in themselves and their artistic abilities.

Facilitator and Chaperone Service for young people with additional needs

Facilitator and Chaperone Service for young people with additional needs

Choosing Creativity - Imaginative Art workshops for young people and adults in supported living

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For those with additional needs, going away for a short break can be a daunting task, often due to logistical challenges. Sometimes the only option a young person may have to engage in this type of activity, is for parental accompaniment. We appreciate the desire for independence and Cathartic is able to provide a short break respite service, which allows young people to enjoy time away, whilst with the discreet care and supervision of a chaperone. Our aim is to strike a perfect balance of care and independence.

Each trip is tailor made to encompass the individuals interests and passions. The young person is actively involved in planning the trips.

Choosing Creativity - Imaginative Art workshops for young people and adults in supported living

Choosing Creativity - Imaginative Art workshops for young people and adults in supported living

Choosing Creativity - Imaginative Art workshops for young people and adults in supported living

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Art classes can be a refreshing and fulfilling activity for young people and adults with additional needs . It is proven to increase the quality of life, and people can discover a new way of expression. Art can also stimulate responses and aid understanding for people with neurological impairments. Whether it is a craft-based activity or skilled watercolor painting, creating something can brighten a persons day and help them communicate through a different channel. The ability to use a creative language as a form of self-expression can uncover artistic abilities that enhance lives, by bringing happiness and fulfillment. The mindfulness of engaging in art encourages dignity, validation and a sense of purpose, and clients can build confidence and self-esteem within themselves and their abilities. Through regular creative programmes, anxiety is decreased as therapeutic art sessions stimulate mindful conversation because of the enlightening opportunities that they bring.

Let's PARTY! - Customised parties for children with additional needs

Choosing Creativity - Imaginative Art workshops for young people and adults in supported living

Let's PARTY! - Customised parties for children with additional needs

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Cathartic prides itself on its work with children and we have introduced an exciting new avenue to bring joy, happiness and laughter to celebrate your childs special birthday- a bespoke, imaginative and play stimulating party for your child and their friends. To make it that little bit different, all our parties are designed around your child's interests and needs. The two hour package will include creative and stimulating activities, where each child will leave with their very own creations, provided in a safe and nurturing manner. Our staff are fully trained and very experienced with working with children with disabilities and special educational needs, ensuring that your child and their group of friends will have the party of the year! 

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Teens and Young Adults

Young Peoples' Self Esteem and Resilience Programme

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This mindfulness, arts programme provides teenagers with tools and techniques to help build resilience against the challenges that can present themselves in a young person's life; peer pressure, bullying, social media control, body image, exam pressure and low self esteem. The group environment will encourage a support system and nurture friendships, demonstrating to the young people involved that they are not alone in their thoughts. The group structure will naturally begin to build confidence and will create an instant network of peer support that can be so desperately needed in some young peoples' lives. The programme will initiate group discussions and activities, as well as individual reflection and creative tasks. All programmes will culminate in a parent/ carer consultation and each child will leave armed with tools that will help relieve some of life's pressures and anxieties, often so prominent in a young person's life.

Projects within Establishments

Make your Mark- Collaborative Creations within your Establishment

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Working in collaboration has one main important idea: allowing time for imagination and exploration. Cathartic offers the opportunity to bring people and groups together, to collaboratively design spaces and displays. The formation of such displays initiates a talking point within the establishment, and promotes happy and delightful memories. It is important to make sure that all partcipants are involved from the outset, so that it doesn't just become decoration, but rather a process from design to completion. It is a belief that makes sense in any artistic partnership, that each valuable contributor has made their mark in a project from the outset.


We work in a variety of different organisations including: schools, care homes, retirement villages, hospitals and corporate workplaces

Contact Us

Enquiries - Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

We are more than happy to meet, discuss and plan any of our programmes to tailor to your individual needs. Please get in touch!

cathARTic CIC

Wenta Business Centre, Watford, England WD24 7NE, United Kingdom