ZooFish Arts CIC

How do ZooFish Arts make a difference?

  • We bring together a unique blend of skills and experience
  • We are genuinely committed to the welfare of our clients/improving lives
  • We have strong links with the environment and recognise the therapeutic benefit of contact with nature
  • We take a participatory approach to all our projects

Rachel Huggett – Sculptor and Community Artist

Rachel HuggettRachel has worked with mental health and similar service users in both Dorset and further afield for over 10 years. Her workshops, often based around nature, are lively and full of a range of fun and explorative activities, planned and delivered to suit the needs of each group. Learning is accessible, helping to develop new skills and raising self-esteem and confidence. Workshops promote inspiration and encourage interactivity. Rachel is also a member of the Dorset Coppice Group.


Rachel Huggett CV

Richard Jeffery – Photographer and 3D Artist

Richard JefferyAn experienced educator, Richard has been running community and participatory arts projects for over a decade, and still finds this an exhilarating aspect of his working practice – part education, part problem solving, part exploration, part celebration. Arts based activity (photography and ceramics/assemblage) is often used to underpin other goals – from return to work to developing community leadership.



Richard Jeffery CV

Anna Sowter – Horticultural therapist and Researcher in Education

Anna SowterAnna has worked with young people and adults in different educational settings for 10 years. She has worked to engage community groups in meaningful conversations about mental wellbeing and to support people with experiences of mental health problems. Anna now works as a horticultural therapist, facilitating creative engagement with the environment through nature and art. Her PhD research in education and wellbeing promotes participatory learning and action for community-led projects.  Anna completed her PhD in 2016.

Previous Project Partners

ZooFish Arts CIC may be a new social enterprise company, but between us we have worked in London, Bristol and across Dorset with a huge range of communities and partner organisations over the past 15+ years, with funding from Lottery to core service sources…

Arts University College Bournemouth Purbeck View School
Avonbourne School, Bournemouth RELAYS, Bournemouth University
Bourne Valley Action Group Rethink Dorset (mental health)
Bournemouth Borough Council, Looked After Children Participation Team Richmond Fellowship (mental health)
BSkyB and patients at Middlesex University Russell Cotes Museum, Bournemouth
Central North West London NHS/Art Space(substance misuse/mental health) SCAN/Bournemouth University
Cherry Tree Nursery (mental health) SITA Environmental Trust
Courthill First School (and others!) in Bournemouth and Poole Skills&Learning Bournemouth and Poole (various, including physical impairment/learning disability)
Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury Hospital South Gloucestershire Social Services (physical impairment/learning disability)
Forston Clinic (mental health) St. Paul’s Night Shelter, Bournemouth
Greg City Academy, and Wendell Park Schools, London Surestart Bournemouth
HMP Send, Woking Union Learn – with RMT, ASLEF and CWU
Holton Lee (mental health) West Howe Community Enterprise
North Dorset PCT (mental health) Wey Valley School, Weymouth
Patterson Centre, St. Mary’s Hospital, London (substance misuse) Whitfields Activity Centre (mental health)
Poole Housing Partnership Winton Centre, Bournemouth – now First Point (mental health/learning disability)
Poole Borough Council (various, including mental health) Private care providers in mental health and learning disability
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