Welcome to hArt

Hampshire Art for Recreation and Therapy
Creative ways to support mental health

About hArt



hArt (Hampshire Art for Recreation and Therapy) is a charity, established in 2014, (Registered Charity Number 1158996) that helps to change the lives of adults and children with mental health and wider social issues. Through creative therapy and a range of professionally structured activities, we can help people feel better, build their confidence and allow their self-expression to shine through.

Who does hArt work with?
Where does hArt work?
Where does hArt get funding?


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The Chairman's Report

2017 has been a really busy and productive year for hArt.Chairman, Annie Jeffery, summarises our achievements in her annual report.

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Art Therapy


Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

In order to qualify as Art Psychotherapists, BA graduates need to complete 1,500 volunteer hours working with client groups before they can progress to their MA. This is a huge commitment in terms of time, energy and financial resources, and can take up to seven years to complete.

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The hArt Silverlinks Project


The Silverlinks organisation has already been helping older people to get back into the swing of things as part of a caring community. Their trained volunteers provide free home visits to discuss any specific worry or anxiety affecting their clients’ health or preventing them from enjoying life to the full. 

In line with hArt’s Constitutional aim of supporting older people and addressing loneliness and isolation, we are delighted to welcome Silverlinks as an official hArt project.

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Our Charity Partner


hArt is delighted to be supported by Coastal Gallery, a leading independent contemporary art gallery situated in Lymington, as their Charity Partner.

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We are very grateful for all donations. They help us to make a real difference to people’s lives.

We rely very much on the skills and generosity of our volunteers who help in a variety of ways.

We will be delighted to provide further information to anyone wanting to join us in this exciting project.

Get in touch now on contact@hart.works

Introducing Folio

hArt was delighted to be at the New Forest Show for the first time this year, offering two short printing workshops on each of the three days, in the Activity Zone in the Heart of the Forest area.

Despite the very hot weather, there were plenty of willing printers and some lovely colourful work was made.

hArt was also represented under the Folio banner, which brings together a number of charities all offering arts, culture and heritage opportunities across the New Forest and beyond.

Folio is a collaboration between a number of existing arts, culture and heritage organisations across the New Forest.

Whether you are looking for entertainment, education, new learning and skills or support for special challenges, we are able to offer you interesting ways to engage with creative events and programmes in the New Forest and surrounding areas.

Our organisations are diverse, and range from museums and galleries to live music, arts and crafts workshops and educational projects for all ages and all abilities.

hArt is delighted to be a part of this new brand which highlights the work of a number of organisations already delivering work in and around the New Forest.

Folio will be growing and developing to offer bigger and better events and opportunities to enjoy and participate in many activities across the region – so watch this space!

Visit the Folio website to see who we are and to link to our individual websites. 

An update from Silverlinks

Attendance Allowance is a great help to many people over 65 who need assistance with personal care or supervision, but the form is a nightmare to complete unless you are used to it, as there are over fifty questions to answer. Silverlinks has a great success rate in helping our clients with this.

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Thank you to our Supporters

The Barker-Mill Foundation

The Barker-Mill Foundation supported our Spirit of the Forest programme.

Hays Travel

Hays Travel in Lymington are supporting hArt this year, and we are most grateful to them. They are fundraising for hArt with a Charity Raffle and a Coffee Morning.

Local Art Scene

hArt is pleased to be supported by The Local Art Scene, a social enterprise aimed at supporting local artists in all mediums from paint to sculpture, jewellery and woodwork.

The Local Art Scene is running Art in the Yard, an initiative which gives local artists the opportunity to rent space in Henderson Court, just off the High Street and where The Local Art Scene has its Lymington base. 25% of the rental paid by the artists is being donated to hArt, for which we are very grateful.

“The Local Art Scene appreciates hArt’s work in encouraging creative self expression for all, and is very pleased to support a young Lymington-based charity.”

The Mercers' Company

The Mercers’ Company is the Premier Livery Company of the City of London. The Company and its associated charitable trusts make substantial grants to support education, general welfare, church and faith, and arts and heritage.

Charity Management Services

Charity Management Services offers support to new and established charities with Formations, Governance, Independent Examinations and Annual Accounting and Reporting.


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The Lymington Printing Company

We are extremely grateful to The Lymington Printing Company, at Ampress Lane, Lymington, for their generous support in offering reduced rates to hArt on our publicity materials, and for their prompt help on many occasions.