Converge is a partnership between York St John University and
mental health service providers in the York region. It offers high
quality arts educational opportunities to those who use NHS and
non-statutory mental health services and who are 18 years and
It also provides work-based experience for university students
since our creative courses are taught by university staff and
students and take place on the campus. Classes are offered in
theatre, dance, music, fine art, writing, life coaching,
business start-up and sport.
Being in Converge provides opportunities for its students to
explore new ways of self-expression and communication. They can
develop skills within a supported framework and thus take full
advantage of the courses on offer.
This support comes primarily through the
Converge Mentor Scheme (a team of experienced
Converge students meeting regularly to support peers, providing
advice to Converge and beginning new initiatives such as Converge
Arts Forum Extra [CAFÉ]) and the Converge Student Buddy
Scheme (undergraduate and postgraduate
students volunteering for Converge, providing educational
support for students during and outside of courses.) Converge has
also employed recent graduates from York St John University to fill
a variety of roles from arts internships to longer term work.
Here is an overview of what we are doing in Converge.