STAA is a charity providing access to the arts to improve people's health and well-being. We have been around since 1996 delivering positive arts experiences to enrich peoples' lives. We work with people of all ages from all walks of life. We specialise in supporting carers, older people with mental health needs and people with dementia.

We deliver art projects to increase people’s confidence and self-esteem. We encourage people to be creative and to express themselves in different ways..

We are based in West Bromwich and work with people living in Sandwell and in the wider West Midlands Region. We use professional artists to ensure the quality and excellence of our services.

We believe engaging in creative activities helps people to engage in the life of their communities through shared experiences and new learning. Opportunities for hobbies and recreation give people more choices about how to live their lives. They help to keep people physically and mentally well and foster a healthier, happier society.

STAA has a hand-to-mouth existence and has worked in this way for many years. We recognise that at times when funds are limited they need to be spent on the basics. Even so, it is vital to remember that for some people engaging in the arts makes life worth living.

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Good News! Our grant from Sandwell MBC to deliver our Short Creative Courses for Carers programme has been extended for another year into 2018-19 so we can continue to support carers in developing their creative ambitions!

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STAA's Short Creative Courses for Carers.
We are thrilled that this programme is continuing for its fourth year in 2018-19 thanks to  small grant from Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. We've had a great  response from carers taking part. If you've always wanted to try something new now is your chance! STAA is offering carers living in Sandwell five sessions of arts activities to have a chance to start a new hobby or just to relax and de-stress. You can refer youself to STAA. Download a leaflet here.