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, 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

The Coastal Gallery Summer Exhibition at ArtSway as part of Hampshire Open Studios was a great success.
hArt thanks Stewart and Bev at Coastal Gallery for the opportunity to be there and to run our fundraising Prize Draw.


hArt team members were at ArtSway throughout the exhibition, discussing the work of the charity with the visitors and selling raffle tickets for the artworks so generously donated by Coastal Gallery artists.

Prizes included a lovely Jo Vane silver bangle, Jackie Giron ceramic bowls, paintings from Julie Collins, Martyn Brewster, Jenny Slater, Chris Whittaker and Stewart Mechem, a ceramic dish by Arek Nowicki, a kiln-fired glass pendant by Sue Tinkler, prints by Bev Saunders, an etching by Stephen Powell and a shoal of Michael Turner mackerel. Painter, Will Rochfort donated one of his colourful palettes and there was a prize of artists’ materials.

Thank you to everyone who bought tickets from us in person and online. The raffle raised more than £1,300 to help support our work.

◼︎  The Christmas Tree Festival  ◼︎



We took part in the Christmas Tree Festival St Thomas Church, Lymington again this year. It ran from Friday 8th to Tuesday 12th December.

The hArt Wellbeing Wednesday drop-in group hand decorated some baubles for the tree. They’ve been really creative with some beautiful, fun and unique designs, and have loved being part of the community project.

◼︎  hArt’s Tree of Life  ◼︎



We’re excited to announce that hArt is exhibiting in the new

‘800 Years of the Tree Charter’ Exhibition

taking place at the New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst

from 14th October 2017 – 14th January 2018

in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority.

We’ve contributed an installation which follows on from the ‘Travelling Tree of Life’ community arts project, which we delivered in collaboration with Forest Forge Theatre back in the summer.

Our ‘Tree of Life’ has found a home for three months at the Centre, and we’re asking exhibition visitors to add their own Forest stories, memories and wishes to help our Tree grow even more.



Members of the hArt team and volunteers helped in the creation of the Tree exhibit, learning new techniques using sculpting materials. Many thanks to Fran, Juliette, Mags and Sue for your wonderful hard work!

The Tree is already causing much positive feedback and reaction. Do come and see it between now and the 14th January 2018. You can add your own leaf to the Tree and see this wonderful exhibition of ancient stories, natural artefacts, dendrochronology, Dendrologia log book, mini-den building, animation and more.

It’s free to visit and is open during normal Centre opening hours.

◼︎  Hays Travel Supporting hArt  ◼︎



Hays Travel of Lymington have been fundraising for hArt this year. They ran a coffee morning on 25th September, and their Charity Raffle had some great prizes donated by local businesses.

Rachel Harding (Branch Manager, right) and Kimberley Sellman (left) of Hays Travel are shown presenting a cheque for £195 to hArt CEO, Annie Jeffery.

Having the support of local businesses is extremely important to hArt as it raises awareness of mental health needs generally, and encourages people to talk about their own experiences.

One of hArt’s current activities that the money raised by Hays Travel will help to support is our friendly and relaxing weekly drop in group for adults at the Cricket Club in Lymington on Wednesdays from 10.30-12.30.

◼︎  Art from the hArt  ◼︎

The Wellbeing Wednesday Drop-in Group


Our Wellbeing Wednesday group is now at the Cricket Club on the Sports Ground in Lymington, 10.30am to 12.30pm every Wednesday.

(Please note – we will not be holding a session on Wednesday 27th December)

A relaxed and enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours in an open studio-style workshop where you can work with our materials or bring along your own and get some help and guidance with using them.

We offer a gentle, safe place in which to express yourself, under the guidance of qualified professionals who can work with you if you choose, for self-care, health and wellbeing.

For adults over 18 years. All abilities very welcome.

A small contribution for materials is appreciated.

Come and be a part of something new!

Please contact hArt by email: contact@hart.works

or phone: 01590 435045

for further information.

Parking (free) can be accessed by approaching the Sports Ground from Southampton Road through the small car park immediately adjacent to the Club building.

◼︎  A Generous Donation  ◼︎


Worshipful Brother Giuseppe (Joe) Simonini SLGR, Immediate Past Master Loggia Italia 2687, presenting a cheque for the balance of £1,000 to hArt in recognition of his second year as Master (2016-2017) from the brethren of Loggia Italia.  

◼︎  Out and About  ◼︎

Members of the hArt Team have recently attended two events to promote our work and to make connections.

Totton College Freshers Fair

We spent a lovely morning recently at Totton College’s Freshers Fair, meeting and chatting with new and returning students and staff. Our ‘motivational pebbles’ activity proved very popular, giving people the opportunity to create their own special stone and chat with the hArt team. There was some interesting artwork being created by some of the students, whilst others chose to take a plain pebble to just help relax and ground them.

We also handed out our ‘Stepping Stones to Mental Wellbeing’ leaflets created by one of our lovely volunteers, Liz. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to connect and chat with the students, and engage with other organisations too.

Community First New Forest – Volunteering Event

We were kindly invited to spend the afternoon with other organisations and charities at an afternoon tea event organised by the wonderful Community First New Forest. The event was to recognise our contribution to supporting volunteers, and to share our experiences of volunteering within our organisations.

It was inspiring to hear about all the good work being delivered across the New Forest, and of all the amazing people dedicating their time to helping others. And not only were we served the most incredible cream tea and cakes, but were also given a Certificate of Recognition, in appreciation for our contribution to volunteering and the community.

Thank you from the hArt team! Francesca Lazarski | Community Development Co-ordinator

Thank you to our Supporters


You can donate to hArt on our Localgiving page.

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.”

Digital Dinosaurs

Digital Dinosaurs provides accessible social media expertise to charities that are short on time, have limited budgets and may not have the skills on board. It enables charities to gain supporters, boost donations, share success stories, recruit volunteers and demonstrate the importance and impact of their work.

We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with hArt, helping to raise funds and awareness to support mental health in adults and children.

Kimberley Elliott | Managing Directorsauraus


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.