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Julie has been getting creative with her sewing machine!

She is making non-medical face masks, with a protective insert, from some lovely fabrics and is keen to raise funds for hArt by selling them.

If you would like to buy one (or several!) please use the Donate button near the top of this, and every page.

Suggested donation please of £3 for 1 mask and £5 for two, and if you can add a little extra to cover postage and packing, that would be perfect! Then use the “contact” form to let us know the fabric you would like, the number you want, and your name and address so the masks can be posted out to you.

A beautiful piece of art by our very own Annie Jeffery

Our chair of trustees and hArt founder, Annie, has gone back to making some sculpture – starting with the reworking of an old piece she has refreshed and updated.

This is a piece just called “Kids”
and is now in Annie’s garden where it is bringing pleasure to people walking, riding and cycling by, who have been smiling and saying how joyful it is. Annie hopes that it suggests optimism,
togetherness, joy and hugs to be enjoyed again in the future.

'hArt's and Minds' Well being Bus on tour!

hArt's First Volunteers Tea Party, July 2019

We recently held our first 'Volunteers' Tea Party' at the beautiful Lime Wood Hotel in the New Forest.

It was an opportunity to thank all of our wonderful volunteers for their incredible work in supporting hArt, through their many varied roles, and for their help in the successful delivery of our projects.

We'd also like to thank Lime Wood Hotel for their incredible hospitality and delicious cream tea!

We must also thank the wonderful Room to Reward whose initiative 'hotel breaks for hidden heroes' offers rewards to volunteers for their invaluable contribution.

We presented our first reward to one of our longest standing volunteers, Mags Butterworth, who has been with us since the beginning, and whose support is greatly appreciated.

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers - we really couldn't do it without you!

The hArt Team x

hArt at the Christchurch Flower Festival 2019

In June we found out our own Julie Johns is to be awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday honours list!

hArt is so very excited and proud to announce that our own Julie Johns has been awarded an MBE for her work with her own social enterprise, Safe Space Consultancy  and for services to people suffering domestic abuse, and to charities.


We are delighted for Julie and know that this is a truly well-deserved reward for nearly twenty years of work in this field.

"I’m delighted and surprised and absolutely thrilled to accept this honour!

I’ve worked for several years now to raise awareness and to support those who have suffered domestic abuse.  It’s a subject I feel very passionate about.  The opportunity to raise awareness of the impact of harassment, domestic abuse and stalking to a new and wider audience such as the business and educational sectors was the motivation for Safe Space Consultancy. Awareness and knowledge of the early warning signs of abuse and the tactics perpetrators use can prevent and reduce the risk of harm to individuals and families and that is what I care about"

Congratulations, Julie, this is such an achievement and so very well-deserved. Love from all the hArt team

hArt Schools Day 2019

The hArt team had a wonderful time at the New Forest Show schools event, running workshops for children from local schools including Milford Primary, Tiptoe, Ashley and Bransgore.

We really enjoyed meeting and chatting to all the children, teachers and assistants. Here are just a few photos of some of their wonderful and fun creations

hArt Schools Day 2019
Creating with clay
hArt Schools Day 2019
Brilliant clay owl
hArt Schools Day 2019
Creating with clay and natural materials
hArt Schools Day 2019
Recreating animals of the New Forest
hArt Schools Day 2019
Using natural materials to show how the animals would hide
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hArt Partnership Day - June 2019

We had a great time on 11th of June, sharing our work with an invited group of people including some from the NHS South West Primary and Community Team, Solent Mind, care navigators and local school teachers.

A huge thank you to our lead art therapist, Sam Lewis for the brilliant 'Bee hotel' workshop, and to Richard Parker from 'Active Arts' for the wonderful drum circle.

One of the many great comments we received was:

"We've gone away with a better understanding of the benefits of being outdoors and taking part in some of the activities and the potential value to patients offered by this and similar schemes and activities through Social Prescribing". Partnership day attendee

hArt Partnership Day - June 20019
Making bee boxes
hArt Partnership Day - June 2019
Everyone enjoying the beat of the drum circle!
hArt Partnership Day - June 2019
One proud new owner of a homemade bee box
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hArt Schools Day 2019

Using natural materials to show how the animals would hide