Partnership with Project Art Works

This is the Hand of Friendship…… doesn’t judge, assume or label. It waits for you to touch it or hold it because it’s just the same as your hand except it’s covered in coloured paint…..

Two prominent Hastings charities have declared an alliance based on shared values and overlapping goals. Through its work in Ore Valley and White Rock, the Heart of Hastings CLT is aware of the need for better community understanding of people with complex needs and mental health challenges. Together with Project Art Works, the country’s leading arts organisation working with people with complex needs, they have pledged their commitment to support the wider community in an ‘open arms, open minds’ approach within the town.

By joining forces and dissolving boundaries, the two organisations and the many individuals within them have pledged to work together to learn and share each other’s worlds, to challenge themselves and support each other, and to take practical joint action that has positive outcomes.

There’s a saying that ‘partnership is the suppression of mutual loathing in pursuit of cash’. According to Jess Steele, one of the directors of Heart of Hastings CLT and Kate Adams of Project Art Works, “this is the opposite – a ‘deep alliance’ based on mutual respect. We choose to work together because we share fundamental values and a driving passion for positive social change.”

See the ‘Hastings Independent Press’ article and interview with Jess Steele for more on this ‘Bold Alliance’.