The Stepping Stones programme promotes positive mental health and provides regular long-term opportunities for young people in Hampshire to use creativity to build emotional resilience. The high-quality sessions are delivered by professional artists and held in our museums and within education and community settings, as well as Bursledon House at Southampton Children’s Hospital.

For six years Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT) worked in partnership with Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) on two projects that provided innovative, creative support for young people experiencing challenges managing their emotional and psychological health, ICE (Inspire, Create, Exchange) and ICE Heritage.

The successor to these two programmes is Stepping Stones, which is generously supported by The Murray Parish Trust and builds on learnings from the two ICE projects. Continuing HCT’s mission to enable young people to access high-quality arts and culture across the county.

The children and young people taking part are referred through partners such as wellbeing centres, care providers, schools and social prescribing networks to attend courses which will include art journaling, ceramic making and gardening skills. Participants can also self-refer via the online form below.

Our programme at the Red House Museum in Christchurch is now open for referrals.

Red House Museum

Join creative designer Becki Clark for 10 weeks of mindful creativity. In the sessions, Becki will encourage participants
to take inspiration from nature and the changing seasons using a range of materials including paints, pens, ink, colouring pencils and clay. The sessions will be all about exploring your own creativity and there will be demonstrations from Becki to help you learn techniques for painting, printing and making, as well as time to explore your own ideas with the materials provided. The sessions will be relaxed, welcoming and a chance to make and create together.

This programme is for young people aged 11 – 16 yrs who are home educated and whose mental health and wellbeing would benefit from engaging in creative activity.  Participants are invited to attend one of the Inspire sessions to meet the artist and find out more about the programme. They will then get the opportunity to sign up for the 10 week programme.

This programme is free of charge and all materials will be provided.

Inspire sessions

Thursday 5 September 2024, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Thursday 5 September 2024, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

10 week programme

Thursdays 26 September - 5 December (no session on Thursday 31 October) 2:00pm -4:00pm

To register your interest, complete the form by clicking the button below. 


  • Hot air balloon with the inscription ' Don't be afraid to be you'
  • Young person using stamps to create artwork
  • Young person using scissors to customise a shoe
  • Young person drawing with a pen
  • Work made by young people in the ICE Heritage project
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