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All Day Activities for £10!

We have limited spaces available Wed and Thu on our 'Stay all day' scheme.  You will understand why when we tell you that due to our Big Lottery funder, we are able to offer you a day place at just £10.  That's 10am - 3pm and includes activites, a shared lunch and break refreshments. Assessments are required prior to starting, so call for details.  These places are very limited and won't last long, so get in touch if you would like one.

 


Lego Therapy at Happy Times

Mike is now a Lego therpaist, so join us for our Wed Lego Therapy sessions, which provide a variety of benefits whilst enjoying playing and building with Lego!

 


 New Musical Session

We are very excited about this wonderful new musical session. Delivered by our very own Sunshine Ray! Session has been created and developed by our very own Happy Times team, with the support and help of our participants. They take place every Thu 1pm - 3pm at our Moreton centre, or if you can't make that Sunshine Ray can visit you.  Get in touch for more details.

 


 

Calling all Garners

We have amazing plans for a sensory garden and we need your help to make it possible.

Interested in getting involved, then call Helen.

 


 

Private Session Bookings

We are now open Monday's Tues and Fridays for private group and one to one sessions.

Call to let us know your requirements and we will do the rest.

 


Rooms to Hire

We have an amazing sensory room and activity room that are now available to hire.

Get in touch if you would like to view

 


Yoga Update

Happy Yoga Kids

Happy Yoga Kids is starting back in Sept 18  if your child is 4 - 8yrs get in touch to reserve your mat.

Yoga for Autism, ADHD and other additional needs

Small group classes run weekly every Tuesday 4.30pm - 5.30pm.  If you would like to try get in touch to arrange your assessment.  Private one to one sessions can also be arranged.

Call or text 07872 824 337


Open Party

Huge thanks to everyone that joined us on 29 July 17 for our open day.  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!


Big Move

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 Quiet Times sessions for the last 3yrs!


Thanks to Your Wirral

thanks to 'Your Wirral' for funding our 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


 

 

How are you different?

We seen this on Facebook and liked it so thought we would share.  You had to say why you thought you were different, so we wrote:

Happy Times are different because we deliver serious programmes but make it feel everything but serious by having lots of fun.  If you can think of any other reasons why you think we are different please let us know.

 

Local Cinema showing films for people with autism

We are really pleased to tell you that the THE Light Cinema in New Brighton has introduced autism friendly screenings of films for young people.  The first special screening has just been shown using softer sound and lighting. Films for young people will be shown once a month and they are looking to introduce adult films in the same format. Tel: 0151 214 1370.

 

Get Creative this Christmas

Sessions are tailored to suit your group with all materials and equipment supplied, plus a lot more sparkle!

Fun hourly sessions or workshops can be arranged depending on your projects Whether its cards, christmas decorations or gifts for your nearest and dearest, we want you to have fun....so let's get creative! Call or message to book.

 

Thanks from Wirral Mencap

 

£130 raised and a lovely sunny day and great fun.  Thanks to everyone for your donations!

 

Join us and support National Disability Week

We will be doing taster sessions of our Movement & Relaxation servcies at The Carnation Centre in Ellesmere Port on Tuesday 20th at 1.30pm and at 2pm on Wednesday 21st we are at Birkenhead Park Rugby Club, Park Road North, so come along and say hello. 

There will be lots of other local groups showcasing their servcies so you can try something new, meet new people and have a great day!

 

Support Helen and Wirral Mencap

Helen is doing an abseil from Liverpool Cathedral on Saturday 3rd August for Wirral Mencap and there's still time to join her if you want to. Or you can show your support by coming along to watch or give a donation to a very good cause. If you are unable to come along or donate then we would ask you to spare a thought and send Helen positive vibes on the day...as she is very afraid of heights! click here to give or if you would like to put your name down contact Chloe on 0151 666 1829.


Hot Weather Tips

We would like to share these tips with you as we know the hot weather plays a major part in how we feel, our stress levels and even illness, particularly for older people Click here

 

Never too old to sing!

Support the Community Song 'See Yourself' we did and now the people in our group sessions are enjoying it too. Watch it now and feel warm and smiley! Click here  You can buy it on Itunes and every penny made is going to Contact The Elderly which is a charity set out to combat loneliness.

 

Put Your Best Foot Forward

17th - 21st June our Movement to Music sessions will be focused on leg strengthening movements to mark 'Falls Awareness Week' Watch out quadriceps! Click here for local events and some top exercises to do at home and don't forget about your feet!!! Strong feet help us to stay balanced and they're what we call on when we feel a wobble.

 

Relaxation a real success

Come along and enjoy our new Relaxation sessions.  As with all of our activities they are tailored for each individual taking part and our equipment caters for visual, auditory and kinaesthetic needs. These sessions are being enjoyed by lots of groups on Merseyside by adults of all ages and abilities as well as their Carers and Support Staff.  Call Helen on 07872 824 337.

 

Dance & Relax with Sue

For adults and children delivered by the very experienced, lovely Sue Watson.  Sue has taught Salsa for over 10 years and has danced for many more! As a musician and experienced primary and secondary school teacher Sue has incorporated many different styles of dance into these sessions, which is what makes them so very special. As with all Happy Times services these sessions will be tailored for your group.  Multicultural workshops that cover many styles of dance and performances are now also available and include African, Asian and Indian.  Visit our services page to read more or call us on 07872 824 337 to arrange your session.


Patch Adams knew it and so do we!

We adopted Patch's therory long before we watched the film and we have found it works so well.  We use smiles, laughter and lots of praise and recognition in our activities and we watch as all the smiles and laughs all come back. It's a great feel good film from 1998 starring Robin Williams, based on the life story of Dr. Hunter it's well worth a watch.

 

There's a lot to be said for Hypnotherapy

Master Hypnotherapist and Life Coach Lynne Kavanagh Is now on board with Happy Times and working with staff, families and Carers to help make positive changes to their lives. Lynne helps people with stress and relaxation as well as many other things such as overcoming phobias, weight loss, confidence levels. Lynne does this by using a mixture of hypnotherapy and life coaching techniques   Please note that after a hypnotherapy session you are able to return immediately back to your usual and every day activities. Call us on 0151 651 2135 to make your booking or contact Lynne direct on 07791 054 734.

 

Movement to Music now available in Liverpool

Please get in touch if you would like more information about these sessions call Helen or Cathy on 07872 824 337.

 

Memory Walk Aintree Racecourse

We took part and had a lovely time and it didn't even rain!  Thank's to everyone who helped us to raise £220 for the Alzhimers Society.

Picture left to right - Jane Burns, Phil Spence, Cathy Spence Robb, Helen Oliver.