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42nd StreetThe Horsfall

42nd Street is an innovative Greater Manchester young people’s mental health charity with 42 years’ experience of providing free and confidential services to young people who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

The Horsfall is a venue and programme which is part of 42nd Street. It’s a gallery and space for creative engagement, and a wider creative programme of activity co-created and curated by young people and artists using the arts to support the organisation’s role in developing positive mental health and wellbeing for young people.

42nd Street

42nd Street / The Horsfall

42nd Street

42nd Street / The Horsfall

Target Beneficiaries

The gallery aims to reach out and celebrate with those young people facing additional pressures in society including mental health and wellbeing issues who may not be accessing arts based projects.  It supports young people with their emotional well-being and mental health by offering a choice of effective, creative, young person-centred and rights-based approaches.

The 42nd Street team recognises that many young people feel disempowered, that some services are difficult for them to identify with and access, and that their mental health and personal difficulties can be made worse by the health, social, cultural and economic inequalities that they might experience. The organisation aims to make young people feel listened to, valued, included, safe and unique.

Participants can come by professional referrals, or sign up themselves directly.


As well as regular ‘Creative Space’ sessions and an annual Summer programme, The Horsfall hosts a range of projects including:

  • monthly poetry workshops with professional poets
  • ‘This Is Me’ collaborative artwork, workshops and exhibitions for care experienced young people
  • ‘The Future is Ours’ group sessions and artist matching to create work for ‘The Festival is Ours’ festival
  • The Horsfall Photo Competition, based on three of the aspects of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing – take notice, be active, connect, learn and give.

In March 2020, 42nd Street responded to the global pandemic by starting social media creative wellbeing activities, and providing basic art materials to young people to help them feel connected during the first lockdown.


42nd Street reached over 5,000 young people in 2019-20.

The combination of committed mental health practitioners, supported by a passionate back office team and support and leadership from managers shines through in the outcomes with young people.

Reliable change and reliable recovery rates averaged at:



42nd Street collaborates in the Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools and Colleges Programme, linking with locality partners to support 67 secondary schools as a partnership and 20+ schools directly and shaping the national approach to Education Mental Health Support Teams.

Horsfall 2019-20 Data:

Young Carers: 6 sessions to 16 young people
Young Refugees: 1 session to 8 young people
Pupil Referral Unit: 10 sessions to 12 young people
Summer Programme: 100 young people
Creative Drop in: 48 sessions
Photo Walk: 5 sessions to 20 people
Culture Trips: 3 sessions to 20 young people
Community Events: 4 sessions to 20 young people
Movement /Dance project: 34 sessions to 18 young people




We’re so happy with everything 42nd Street does. We tell everyone, how before, during and after lockdown you’ve worked so hard to engage and support young people. You do a fantastic job and you kept [young person] sane before she came to live with us and 42nd Street was the only thing she had to look forward to. She lived for the groups. You’ve done an amazing job and we’re so pleased with what you do for [young person].

Kinship Carer of young person involved in a piece of theatre via The Horsfall


Funders include NHS trusts, local authority, BBC Children in Need, ACE, Paul Hamlyn Foundation.