THE RED PENCIL (EUROPE)

WHO WE ARE

Our Brussels-based office facilitates arts therapy programmes in European countries, for the benefits of local communities.

Since starting our operations in Belgium in 2017, we have been working around 3 main axes: health care (cancer patients, adolescents in psychiatric unit), social inclusion (asylum seekers escaping conflict zones) and education (schools).

In 2021, we expanded our focus to implement programmes specifically intended to address psychosocial issues, in children and youth, brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

OUR MISSIONS

Here is a selection of our programmes in Europe

Belgium

  • Asylum seekers escaping conflict zones

  • Cancer patients in university hospitals and support centres 

  • Youth suffering from psychosocial consequences of the pandemic 

Spain 

  • Asylum seekers escaping conflict zones

  • Youth & adults suffering from psychosocial consequences of the pandemic

France 

  • Youth suffering from psychosocial consequences of the pandemic 

OUR OBJECTIVES

  • Raise awareness among the general public in Europe about the therapeutic power of arts therapy on physical and mental health;
  • Develop and expand our European missions with a special focus on:
    • Health care: psychologic support to cancer patients, adults and teenagers in psychiatric care
    • Schools: implement Arts-based Training programmes for teachers, as a tool for education and self-care
    • Social inclusion: prevention of trauma aggravation, restoring resilience in migrants
    • Response to the pandemic: bring psychological support to children and youth suffering from consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Advance the arts therapy field through continuous improvement of our practices;
  • Contribute to academic research on the impact of creative arts therapy through our missions.

OUR PARTNERS AND DONORS

FRIENDS OF THE RED PENCIL (EUROPE) FUND

The Friends of The Red Pencil (Europe) Fund is managed by King Baudouin Foundation. King Baudouin Foundation seeks to facilitate philanthropy to better the world by supporting philanthropists and donors in their causes. One initiatives of King Baudouin Foundation include supporting those who want to sustainably boost not-for-profit organisations in collaboration with several supporters. Through the ‘Friends of The Red Pencil’, Gwenaelle Vanhoutte-Blyweert and Sarah Dawoud help to collect funding for projects and missions of The Red Pencil (Europe).

Link to the Friends of the Red Pencil page

CONTACT US

Elisa Bongiovanni

Programme Implementation Manager, Europe, Brussels

Natacha Pirotte

General Manager, Europe, Brussels Office, Registered Art Therapist - Dipl (A Th)

Catherine Wilderspin

Programme Implementation Manager, Europe, Brussels

Valérie Marichal

Programme Implementation Manager, Europe, Brussels