What we do
hArt 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.
hArt works with people of all ages and abilities, and can offer group programmes and workshops as well as one to one work with fully qualified Art Therapists. hArt also works with experienced teachers, artists and facilitators to offer enjoyable, social activities, bringing people together for relaxation, leisure and learning.
These Doves were created at hArt's Women's Art Exchange (WAX) project
Where We Work
hArt enjoys going out and about, working indoors and outside, in beautiful locations. We work with schools, colleges, care homes and in village halls, with groups and individuals, and are happy to travel where ever we are invited.
“I am proud of myself, I usually don’t do art as I have no inspiration or vision but today I saw the wool and instantly had an idea and went with it.” - Service user
“Such a relaxing session with lots of materials and guidance. Had lots of laughs and encouragement too.” - Service user
Art Therapy - What is it?
Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. We work with art therapists, music therapists and drama therapists.
A qualified Art Psychotherapist will have completed a BA, followed by 1,500 supervised volunteer hours before they can progress to their MA. This can take up to seven years to complete and we are fortunate to have links with a growing number of these highly skilled professionals. BAAT website : www.baat.org
You may have heard the term Social Prescribing? It is a term that is becoming more and more widely used, and it refers to health care professionals providing information to patients to find support that exists within the community to improve their health and wellbeing.
To read more, including the goals of Social prescribing and why hArt are excited to be involved, click here.
In response to the growing needs of older people, Silverlinks is a programme within hArt which offer practical support and help with finding social networks within the community. Trained volunteers can respond to a range of issues from form filling to contacting services, and will also accompany people as they explore new activities, from art groups to coffee mornings.
To contact Silverlinks, please email or call 07825 168364