STAA is a charity providing access to the arts: participation in creative activities to improve people's health and well being. STAA delivers positive arts experiences that enrich the quality of life of the people we work with. We specialise in working with older people with mental health needs, people with dementia and their carers but work with people of all ages from all walks of life.

We are a specialist provider of art projects to deliver health improvement: interventions that increase people’s confidence and self esteem to improve mood and alleviate feelings of depression. We provide non medical sources of support in response to mental distress.

We are based in West Bromwich and work with people living in the six towns of Sandwell and in the wider West Midlands Region.

STAA delivers arts activities such as painting, drawing, visual arts and crafts, music and dance through tailored activity programmes for people in different settings. We use professional artists to deliver our services rather than amateurs and volunteers as the people we work with deserve to experience quality and excellence.

We believe creative activities help people to engage in the life of their communities through shared new 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 evaluates the impact of its arts interventions on participants by collecting evidence of the health and well being benefits experienced by them. We share our learning so others can learn from our experience.

News & Events

In preparation for a tea party to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday residents at Grafton Lodge in Oldbury have been decorating silhouettes of Her Majesty. Here is an example made by a resident with dementia.

staa artwork

STAA's Short Creative Courses for Carers.
We are thrilled that this programme is continuing in 2016-17 as we've have 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 give a chance to start a new hobby or just to relax and de-stress. You can refer youself to STAA. Download a leaflet here.