About hArt

What is hArt?


hArt (Hampshire Art for Recreation and Therapy) is a charity established in 2014 that helps 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?


hArt works with adults with mental health issues and children and young people in need of early intervention. We also offer help to those living with dementia, their carers and wider support networks. We can tailor-make programmes for a range of challenges and needs.


How does hArt do this?


We specialise in offering the professional skills of fully qualified and experienced creative therapists. This can be in small groups or adding an extra, more personal level of psychotherapeutic support for those who need some specialist one-to-one attention.

hArt also delivers recreational workshops for improving health and well-being, an important aspect of our work using both indoor and outdoor spaces – harnessing the beauty and inspiration offered by the New Forest, as well as working further afield.


Where does hArt work?


We travel to care homes, schools, colleges, workplaces, village halls and community centres, and can deliver our programmes in less accessible rural areas. With such a range of creative activity experience, hArt is able to work anywhere, reaching out to those who need us.


Where does hArt get the funding?


hArt makes regular funding applications and public appeals, and is always looking to increase support to ensure that we can keep improving and expanding our services for individuals and groups. Creative therapy can make a real difference to people’s lives, so please get in touch to help us to achieve more!

hArt’s Charitable Status

There are four main types of charity structure. hArt is registered with the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), a new legal form for charities which came into effect in 2012. There are two types of CIO. hArt is the Foundation type in which the trustees will be the only members. Registered Charity Number: 1158996

Who are we?


The hArt team is passionate about seeing the charity successfully delivering its aims throughout the New Forest, Hampshire and beyond. The team of therapists is headed by a qualified Art Psychotherapist. We are actively seeking therapists, arts facilitators, artists, makers and volunteers to work with us and will be delighted to provide further information to anyone wanting to join us in this exciting new project.

How Can You Help hArt?


hArt is always pleased to welcome new volunteers. We have opportunities for those interested in helping with office support, events and fundraising, assisting with creative workshops, and PR and marketing.

We are also interested in recruiting new Trustees who can add to the professional skills of the Board.

How Can You Contribute?


With your time, your skills and your experience. We are actively seeking therapists, arts facilitators, artists and makers to help in a variety of ways

With your financial support. All donations, of any size, will be most welcome, from individuals and businesses. We will also be happy to discuss donations of materials and the use of premises. If you feel able to run fundraising events on behalf of hArt, we will offer support and publicity.

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The small print


All rights, including copyright, in the content of these web pages are owned or controlled for these purposes by hArt. Except where expressly stated otherwise – for example, where material is offered for download – you are not permitted to copy, download, store (in any medium), transmit, show or play in public, adapt or change in any way the content of these web pages for any purpose whatsoever without the prior written permission of hArt. In accessing these web pages, you agree that you may only download content, where content is offered for download, for your own personal non-commercial use.



hArt is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. We may collect the following information: • contact information including name, email address, telephone number and postal address • demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests • other information relevant to hArt’s activities We require this information: • to understand your needs and provide you with information about our activities • for effective scheduling of events and coordination of staff and volunteers • for internal record keeping We will only disclose your personal information to third parties if they need it in order to provide services to us. They will not be permitted to use it for any other purpose or share it with any other parties.


By visiting this website you consent to your information being processed in the manner described above. If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, or if you wish us to cease to use your personal information, please write to us or send an email to mike@hart.works. We may change the policy on how we collect, use and protect information from time to time by updating this page. The current policy is effective as of April 2016.