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’.

Heart Of Hastings fundraiser with the Liverpool Tressell enthusiasts.


The newly refurbished Opus Theatre, Hastings, in collaboration with Costal Productions and Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust will host a play of ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ – based on the Robert Tressell book, performed by the Liverpool Tressell enthusiasts, on Sat 26th August.

For details visit

Tickets available directly from BookBuster in Queens Road or Wow and Flutter, Trinity Street and on the Eventbrite link

£13 or £11 for concessions. Two shows at 1.30pm and 7pm.

access via stair lift from Robertson Street entry.

Please contact for further details.

Spice Up Ore Valley – July 1st, 12 – 5pm

Our next big event plans to be seasonally hot – it’s all about the Chillis and Mushrooms!

Once again the valley will be brought to life by people power, food, drink and music. There will also be a ‘Chilli Cook-off’ competition, Car Boot/Table Sale and an Air Guitar competition. If you want to take part in the Boot Sale or ‘Chilli Cook-off’ competition, please come along to the site any Wednesday (2-4pm) or Saturday (1-3pm) or email Rossana at

There will be a £5 donation charge for Car Boot/Table Sale spots for people outside the Ore area – for Ore residents it is free.

The program for the day can be viewed here; Program for Spice Up Ore Valley

and the site map here; Sitemap for Spice Up Ore Valley

For event details see our Facebook page event here; Spice Up Ore Valley

POST-EVENT write-up and photos of the event can be seen here; Spice Up Follow Up