This ambitious, innovative programme is a collaboration between Hampshire Cultural Trust and Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, provided by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. We set out with the joint view that arts and cultural activities can have a positive impact on our psychological health and emotional wellbeing.

YEAR THREE (2019-2020)

In its third year The ICE Project worked with 15 groups including 42 young people referred from CAMHS, 76 young people at risk of mental health issues and 375 young people in mainstream schools.

Over the last three years we have partnered with 18 youth organisations to deliver The ICE Project, they are: OPCC Youth Commission; Hart and Rushmoor Young Carers; Fareham and Gosport Young Carers; Just Wellbeing; Simon Says; Hampshire Youth Offending Team; Hampshire County Council – Children in Care team; KIDS (Fareham and Gosport Young Carers); Eastleigh Young Carers; Y Services; Hampshire Foster Carers Network; Romsey Young Carers; F.A.S.S (Family Autistic Spectrum Support); Andover Young Carers,; Breakout Youth; Solent Youth Action and Swanwick Lodge.

In year three of the project, Hampshire Cultural Trust and Hampshire CAMHS were shortlisted for a Health Service Journal award, in the 'Mental Health Innovation of the Year' category 2019. In this short film some of our young people share their thoughts about the benefits of The ICE Project.


YEAR TWO (2018-2019)

In its second year The ICE Project worked with 12 groups including 48 young people referred from CAMHS, 90 young people at risk of mental health issues and 580 young people in mainstream schools

Our aims in the second year were:

  • To INSPIRE young people in Hampshire to connect with their own mental health through arts and culture
  • For young people to participate in arts activities and CREATE artwork, in order to acquire skills, express themselves and experience a personal journey
  • For young people to EXCHANGE their ideas, opinions and advice about mental health with the public and feel a sense of achievement

 The ICE Project Celebration Brochure (Year Two)  The ICE Project Summary Report (Year Two)

In 2018-19 the youth partners were: Aldershot CAMHS, Fareham Family Autistic Spectrum Support, Fareham & Gosport CAMHS, Hampshire CAMHS Specialist Eating Disorder Team, Hampshire County Council Children in Care team, Hampshire Foster Carers Network, Romsey Young Carers, Simon Says Child Bereavement Charity, Winchester Schools’ Pastoral Teams, Winchester & Test Valley CAMHS and Y Services.

The arts & cultural partners were: Ashcroft Arts Centre, BearFace Theatre, Forest Arts Centre, Fluid Motion Theatre, Granary Arts Centre, In Focus, Integr8 Movement, Laurence Rushby, My Friendly Planet, Sarah Gaiger, SoCo Music, Strong Island Media, The Colour Factory, The Point, We Are All Creative and West End Centre. 

Our thanks to the funders: Artswork, on behalf of Arts Council England, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, The Barker-Mill Foundation and individual donors to Hampshire Cultural Trust.

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YEAR ONE (2017-2018)

We have been pleased to work with 20 partners and 100 young people on this county-wide programme. The aims of The ICE Project are for young people to:

  • Experience the positive psychological benefits of participating in the arts
  • Increase in confidence, self-esteem and social skills
  • Understand the benefits of arts and culture to maintain a balanced emotional and psychological lifestyle
  • Express themselves and to comment on important issues
  • Share their work and opinions with a wider audience

Each strand has included the three elements of ‘Inspire’ through experiencing high quality culture; ‘Create’ through taking part in arts activity; ‘Exchange’ by sharing work at our showcase event.

The ICE Project Celebration Brochure (Year One)    The ICE Project Summary Report (Year One)

In 2017-18 The ICE Project youth partners were: Hampshire CAMHS, Andover Young Carers, Breakout Youth, Ferne Lodge Childrens Home, Hampshire Fostering Network, Hampshire Youth Offending Team, Havant & East Hants MIND, Lakeside School, Simon Says, Solent Youth Action & Swanwick Lodge.

The ICE Project Arts and cultural providers and partners were: Bearface Theatre, In Focus Education, Integr8 Movement, Little Art Haven, Music Fusion, SoCo Music Project, Strong Island Media, The Colour Factory & West End Centre.

Our thanks to the funders who made this possible: Artswork, Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Coles-Medlock Foundation.

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  • Film making
  • Mixed media
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  • Photography
  • Portraits
  • Printing
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