Holistic Integrated Arts Therapy
The Cahoots Hearts and Minds Program (CHAMPS) is an innovative holistic art program, designed to improve mental and emotional health amongst children and youth living with a disability or at disadvantage.
- Explore feelings that may be difficult to put into words
- Express their creativity and imagination
- Improve confidence and self-esteem
- Develop better communication skills
- Improve motor skills and physical coordination
What To Expect
Arrive at your CHAMPS location and meet the friendly facilitators.
We pride ourselves on having a friendly and trained team, who will greet you and explain any concerns you may have. You will also meet the other participants who will become great friends by the end of the session!
Mindfulness, self regulation & relaxation techniques
Our participants are guided through a series of activities to help improve self regulation, social skills, coping strategies and positive mental health practices.
Get started on the activity
Our facilitators will explain the art activity we have prepared for the day, however there is plenty of artistic freedom to work on what suits you! The activities range from painting, sculpting, weaving, music, dance and mindfulness.
Explore the meaning of your artwork and feelings.
Guided by our trained holistic art facilitators, they will talk through the elements within your art, whether that be gratitude, happiness, sadness or any other emotional discussion.
Take your piece of art home with you!
All our activities conclude in you taking home your very own creation, something you can keep to remember the valuable lessons you learnt during the session.
Free to the community
Designed by qualified Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapists (Mbe HICAT Prac)
Fun, relaxing and social
Designed to use a variety of artistic tools
Culturally safe and appropriate
All Abilities Programs
The All Abilities Art workshops are designed for children of all abilities aged 6 – 13 years. The workshops are free and are designed to be fun, expressive, and a great way for young artists to get creative. These workshops run on a weekly basis during the school term in Bunbury and the Perth Metro Area.
Community Workshops at Events
Cahoots often runs holistic art programs at the events we attend, such at the Telethon Family Festival, our inaugural Cahoots Festival of Fun and other fundraisers. This is a great way to get a taste of what art therapy is.
Making our life changing work possible.
Families Supported By Cahoots
She gave her little sister a pep talk where she told her, “you just have to face your fear and do things sometimes, as I did in Melbourne, I went out on the sky deck and did the chair ride with Shelley, I was scared but you have to face your fears, you can't let it hold you back.”
Bronwyn loves attending camp with Cahoots, she has the best time. Thank you for all the fun and adventures you send her on. She loves living life and wants to experience everything, we appreciate you helping that happen for her.
Siblings Alexandra and Andrew
Thank you again for everything and for all you have provided.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do we need to register?
Yes. Registration is essential so we can ensure we have enough staff and equipment.
Can we attend all sessions?
Yes, absolutely! We often find that once participants start, they can’t wait to come back so you are more than welcome to register for the whole term.
Do we need to stay with the participant?
Yes. All participants must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other responsible person. You are most welcome to join in the fun as well.
Is it free?
Yes. The CHAMPS program is totally free, and we are very grateful to Telethon, who proudly support this great initiative.
Can siblings attend together?
Yes. You are more than welcome to bring other members of the family who would also like to participate in the art activities.
To view the Cahoots Policy & Procedures click here.
Not sure what is best for your child?
Our experienced Family Relationship Officers can assist you in choosing the camps and programs best suited to your loved one. Call today and begin the onboarding process!