Where We Work
We work indoors and outdoors, across the New Forest, Dorset and into Wiltshire.
We are able to tailor-make programmes for clients with particular challenges, as well as offering one to one work where required.
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
These sessions take place in both Lymington (Lymington Cricket club) and Fordingbridge (The Avonway Centre).
Both the sessions were set up as drop-in groups. However, the need for art therapy in both communities has been so strong that the groups are now full.
We have set up a waiting list and are planning new delivery later this year and in new locations.
To register your interest, click here.
Children's Art Therapy
hArt has previously run a very successful programme for young children affected by domestic abuse, funded by Children In Need, and aims to offer similar programmes again in the future.
hArt runs one to one art therapy sessions. These give a really personalised experience for the recipient and allow artistic expression to flow in the comfort of a more relaxed, quieter environment.
For further details on how to book one of these sessions, please contact us.
For several years, hArt has delivered outdoor projects for people of all ages at various locations, offering opportunities for creative work inspired by the environment alongside some hands-on practical skills, working with a fully qualified art psychotherapist and an experienced woodsman. We looking forward to delivering more brilliant outdoor projects as soon as we are allowed in 2021.
We like to bring together people of all ages around creative activities and have offered memory box projects, working with pupils from local junior schools and residents from care homes who shared memories of school days.
We have also run drum circles for a variety of age groups and look forward to offering similar events in the coming year.
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.
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"A wonderful charity making a real difference to many people, young and not so young, through the use of art therapy and creative activities in our local community." - Anne Moxom, hArt Volunteer
We are always pleased to meet new people who are interested in volunteering with us. We have specific roles to fill, from trusteeship to supporting our art therapists and artists. We offer training and support. Please get in touch here.