With my Eyes is aimed at young people with serious social problems due to mental health difficulties. They may struggle to leave the house, attend school or come into conflict with peers and family. Intervention is expensive, but is negligible when compared to a lifetime of service support. The purpose of With my Eyes is to break the cycle of mental health issues and provide an opportunity for emotions and feelings to be expressed and explored through drama and creative arts.

Unusually, the course is for both parent and child. At the beginning of each session, they work together but then split into two groups with a drama therapist and facilitator each.

Zara (name changed) suffered from depression and mental health problems, and was excluded from school. She agreed to take part in the 12 week course with a parent and made it to the end. In fact, she was so successful, she enrolled in ‘Play on’, a follow-up programme of drama therapy, joined the Saturday Group and now is part of the public-facing Youth Theatre - a bright outgoing girl!

Parents can find their children’s issues very isolating when having no one with whom to discuss them. This course is as beneficial to them as to the child.

Guildford Shakespeare Company

Awarded 2021-2022


Past Awards 2021-2022

East Surrey YMCA

Emerge Advocacy

St Peter’s, West Molesey

Relate, West Surrey

east to west

Guildford Shakespeare Company

Matrix Trust

Surrey Young Carers

Freedom Leisure

Surrey Care Trust

Looking forward

Peer Productions


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