Happy Days


Location: Warehouse 2, The Wharf, Sowerby Bridge

Start Date: 1 January 2017

End Date: 31 December 2017

Grant: £5,000

Project; Happy Days exists to see homelessness reduced and vulnerable people empowered to live independent and purposeful lives. Each Happy Days Community resident works through a detailed support plan with our Community Support Worker and their Volunteer Mentor, giving them support in areas such as budgeting and life skills. Through team-building activities and community living they continue to increase relationship building amongst the residents and improve family relationships and community integration

Key Aims: the project multiple places of accommodation built for purposeful and independent living. With the community living project it is designed to take individuals from chaotic existence on the streets to independent and purposeful living. Aiming to help and impact multiple beneficiaries.

Quotes: Colin’s Story Came to Happy Days whilst being a guest at the Calderdale Inn Churches night shelter. Happy Days has given me confidence. You lose it all when you’re down. You just don’t care. You lose all focus on life. With the help of Happy Days, I now confront my problems.” Colin is clear about the importance of Happy Days support in helping him get his life back on track. ““They listen. You can talk. They provide lots of support. “I’m still struggling now. You’re never an ex-alcoholic. You’re always recovering.” Colin is currently seeing a counsellor to help with his alcohol problems. “I need to be a bit selfish now and get myself right. There’s nothing I can do for anyone else until I get myself right.” He’s now in contact again with his eldest daughter, and his hopeful about building bridges with the rest of his family. He has been doing voluntary work with Happy Days and feels this is giving him focus and helping him to think about getting back into work, and eventually have a home of his own. “The best thing about Happy Days is they don’t push you. I’m still in recovery and I’m not ready yet, and they understand that. “I’ve benefited so much from being here, from Happy Days’ support. I’ve still got a way to go, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.” - COLIN, Community and Social Enterprise

The Author

Written by Lorna Hadley

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