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.
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.
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.