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Happy Yoga

Just a few places available for YouthYoga class - Tuesday's 4.30pm weekly class.

New class starting Wed 4.15pm - 5.15pm for 5-8 yr olds - come and meet Shanti Shelly

Happy Yoga provides:
•    Slow tension releasing movements to release tightness
•    Breathing exercises to relax the body and calm the mind
•    Facial exercises to release tension whilst exploring the emotions
•    Healing tapping exercises to help improve circulation
•    Uplifting and fun chants to boost confidence
•    Improves concentration
•    Provides better body alignment
•    Improves muscle tone and suppleness of the joints
•    Calms the mind and settles the body to rid of tension and stress

 


Open Day Success

Huge thanks to everyone that joined us, you made our day very special! It was an amazing day!

We sang, signed, rapped, played with animals, enjoyed lots of games, activities, chatting, laughing and cake!

 

 


 

Open Day

Saturday July 29th 10am - 4pm

You are invited to join us for our grand opening.

There's going to be music, refreshements and lots of fun stuff to do for those wanting to get involved in taster sessions.  Or just pop in for a cuppa and a cake!

RSVP  Call 07872 824 337


 

We have moved!

We have a new home and would love you to drop in and say hello.

Opened 6th April for our first Quiet Times session and after party! Feedback from participants and Carers was that they love, love love it! We do too, so drop in and say hello.  Our new timetable will be issued any day now, so keep checking our Drop in Timetable


 

Big Lottery Big News

We are so proud to share that we have been awarded £220k from The Big Lottery, Reaching Communities fund. After lots of consultations with our regular participants and their Carers we are putting together a very exciting timetable of community events.  We are really looking forward to our new timetable and welcoming you to our new centre...coming soon!

Named and Famed

Yey we won an award so Helen from Happy Times and participant Caren Crosse went to The House of Lords to a celebration event which was hosted by the Baroness Royall and guests included many representatives from locally funded community groups, MPs, peers and Richard Desmond from The Health Lottery, through which 51 society lotteries raise money for local good causes. 

We were spoilt from start to finish and Caren enjoyed buying gifts for herself and friends after the event. We had a day we will remember forever! Thank you so much Peoples Health Lottery for supporting Happy Times and making it possible for so many people to enjoy our activities.


Thanks to Your Wirral for funding our Youth Yoga and Mindfulness Project

We feel passionate about making a difference with young people who are feeling anxious or suffering from stress.

Our classes will combine mindful movements with breathing techniques and relaxation too, all of which brings the mind to a place of calm which is where its most helpful for making informed and suitable choices, whatever the situation.This course teaches mindfulness too why it is extra special, as it will teach us new techniques to create calm which in turn can change our behaviour patterns, rather than engaging in habitual patterns.

Sessions are practical and enjoyable and places are limited so booking is essential. Call Helen or Sue on 0782 824 337.

If you are a school or community group with people that would benefit from this do get in touch too, as we can come to you.


 Want to make a difference?

Colin a volunteer with Paul at Happy Times

We have opportunities for people and local businesses to support our pilot project ' Hidden Talents'.

A project designed to match participant's talents and hobbies with activities and community need. By showing your support you will be helping us to create a volunteer role for adults with learning difficulties. This is something we are planning to do more of as there is such a need and it's so empowering, so it ticks both happy times boxes! Our aim is to support people to further develop their skills so they can increase their opportunities for work.

There are a few ways that you can help:

  • Volunteer your time
  • Make a donation
  • Fund a full 10 wk project for Volunteer for just £150

We would like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors

  • PWC (Price Waterhouse Coopers) of Liverpool.
  • Susan Oliver, Liverpool.

 Disabilities Awareness Event

22nd June 2016

To mark the opening of our new Happy Centre and to celebrate Disabilities Awareness week we held an open event and enjoyed a very full house! Regular and new participants came to visit and people got to meet, mingle, try activities and enjoy taster sessions and snacks. Some even enjoyed a bit of face painting! A wonderful day, thank you all for attending and hope to see you again soon.


Leisure Event

11th June 11am - 3pm.

Thanks to everyone that came and enjoyed twisty and stretchy fun with Happy Times Yoga.  Many people said they were shocked as they discovered they do it and they loved it!  That's the magic of Yoga!

If you would like to attend Happy Yoga we do it every Thursday morning 10.15am at our centre, call to book 07872 824337.

 


 Happy Centre

THE Place to visit to improve happiness and health

We have a new and exciting happy centre for our activitie  Its a stimulating environment packed with wonderful energy and things of interest.Having this wonderful space is making a really big and positive difference to us all, it's like a home from home! We would like to work with other local groups now to bring our participants new and exciting things, so get in touch if you would like to offer your service. 

Get in touch too to tell us what you would like to see happen here.  Everything is possible.


Thanks to Wirrals Older Peoples Parliment for running a lovely feature on us in their magazine.


Meet The Poem Fairy

Looking for something different, memorable that will be treasured forever?  Get in touch with The Poem Fairy. Visit the poem fairy


Beyond Recovery

One of our Yoga students Mark is part of this group providing 'expert by experience' mental health literature and we wanted to share it with you.  The Beyond Recovery group are working in partnership with The Open Door Centre which is a top Wirral based charity.  They will be printing a booklet in March featuring articles and artwork from service users living on Merseyside in recovery from mental health. The booklet promises to be amazing and in addition to all of its fab features it will include a local mental health service guide.  For more info visit their blog


Big Thanks to Home Instead, Wirral

As you know we are big on training and can't get enough of it. Our latest dementia training was provided by the fantastic Cheryl at Home Instead Wirral and it was amazing. We benefited from Cheryls indepth knowledge and a practical and interactive day this training is available to familiies too as Home Instead are on a mission to create a dementia friendly community. For more information contact Home Instead direct 0151 653 1999.


Happy Christmas from Happy Times

We have a limited number of group sessions to give away to Nursing, Residential and Community homes.  If you live on the Wirral and are looking to try something new to kick off your New Year then get in touch. This is a one off Christmas offer and is limited to one per home.  Advanced bookings are required.  Call to enquire / book 07872 824 337.


 Happy Times Wins Wirral Buisness Growth Award

Helen accepting Business Growth Award

Yey we won the Wirral CVS Wirral Growth Award! That means we've done alright!  We are very proud to have won this as the Wirral is packed with fantastic community groups and all nominees deserved to win. 


Send a card and create a smile

Happy cards are made with love by happy timers and 100% of funds raised are given back to our participants so they can fund more resources. If you would like to buy cards for yourself or your group or organisation give us a call and you can support these amazing people!


We are serious about making happy times

We have now completed our final interview and last focus group. A big thanks to everyone that's taken part with our external research project and service evaluation. Everyone's feedback is important and will play an important role. It's never too late to pass on your feedback though, so if you have any suggestions for improvements or new service suggestions get in touch. We will continue to ask for your feedback, as we take it on board and use your comments to shape our services and delivery.  So please keep it coming and continue to pass on any feedback to our Instructors before and after your sessions, or if you prefer phone or email.  


We welcome Paul to our team

Paul having fun with his first group at Brackendale

About time we had a boy! Good luck Paul we are sure you will fit in just fine.


Community Sessions proving a real success

We are happy to report that our community sessions are going great!

It's due to this success that places must now be booked.  This is for enjoyment and safety. 

To book your place call Helen 07872 824 337.


Get Creative and make your dreams come true!

Huge thanks to Clare and Sandra of Big Love Sista and WEB for a fantastic couple of days. It was an amazing experience watching lots of blank canvases transform, realising your own dreams and bringing them to life For our work to be displayed at a London gallery at a whopping 6ft in size was just the icing on the cake!  Big Love Sista / Womens Enterprising Breakthrough


Quiet Times

Thanks to The Peoples Health Lottery for funding this 2 year project.

These much needed sessions include gentle movements, sensory and relaxation. 

Come along and enjoy lots of snugly and interesting things.

Classes are weekly and run every Thursday morning. Call to book your place 07872 824337.

51 Commuity Interest Companies raising money to address health inequalities across Englands, Scotland and Wales.


Thanks Big Lottery for believing in happiness!

We are so pleased to share with you that we have been awarded funding to deliver The Happiness Project.  This will enable us to deliver fun fitness to older residents across the Wirral with sessions that provide a great deal more than seated exercise, in fact it's true to say that at times we hold our faces from laughing that much!  

We combine lots of fun into our sessions as well as the serious stuff to help improve co-ordination, muscle strength and flexibility.  We also teach techniques that help you to relax.  We are told by our participants that this has made a positive difference to their lives in many ways, a big one is improving sleep.

Tuesday:

10.00am - 11.00am        Brackendale, New Hey Road, Woodchurch, Birkenhead (The highrise)

11.30am - 12.30pm       Sandbrook Community Centre, Chapel Road, Moreton, CH46 9QW.


Happy in school

We were invited back again this year to visit the students of Alsop High School to disucss Dementia and the benefits of fun social activities for those with dementia or people that are socially isolated. We delivered a short interactive workshop that everyone took part in and afterwards we had group discussions on the benefits.

All of the students and the teachers were amazing and so very interested in the subject.  Afterwards they told us they had learnt a lot and it had changed their outlook on older people. One student said that she was going to see her Grandad that night and she would give him more time when he talked about the War.  Hearing this made everyone smile!


Bringing happy times to Wirral sheltered housing

Thank you Wirral Council for funding our project.

 

Sessions have already started at Magenta Brackendale and Kylmore in Pensby and we are having great fun! We enjoy fun movements and music  and theres always time for a chat and a giggle too. The fun doesn't end when the session does, as everyone has a cuppa and a chat and enjoy Maries poem.  Our oldest participant is the wonderful Carrie aged 92 and she has many a magical tale to tell and impresses us with most weeks. Her range of movement and fitness is incredible and her advice is 'Just don't stop!' For photos visit our gallery or follow us on Facebook / Twitter.


Supporting Liverpool Mencaps Leaf Event

Mencap Liverpool asked us once again to hold a session for their Leaf event, this time to celebrate National Disabilities Week and we are so glad they went, we had such a great time.  More photos will appear in our gallery soon.


Magenta Fame

We were pleased and proud when Magenta Living asked us to appear on their community video.

We will share it with here just as soon as we get the link.


Come Sparkle and Get Creative

We're running a two off event of Christmas Crafts for all you Crafty people.

All welcome so come along and get involved. Cost is £3.50 and includes materials, tea and biscuits.

Thursday 12th and 19th December 11am - 1pm.

15 Yew Tree Road (Off Danger Lane) Moreton. 

To book call Linda 07806 787 995 or just turn up and enjoy!

 


 

Healthwatch Wirral Road Show

We attended an event so we thought we would share a bit of what it's about.

Healthwatch gives people a powerful voice locally and nationally. At a local level, Healthwatch Wirral works to help local people get the best out of their local health and social care services. Whether it’s improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. Local Healthwatch is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services. Not just people who use them, but anyone who might need to in future.  For more info on Healthwatch call 0151 230 8957