This is a private, not for profit scheme set up to provide a handbag containing ladies personal items to women in time of great hardship and/or homelessness. The handbags donated are given directly to a lady in a crisis situation, through a local service provider or charity. Some high end handbags are sold in order to produce funds to fill the other handbags with the hygiene items.
The Happy Handbag scheme started in Bristol with a view to expanding our area as more donations of handbags are received.
We now cover the Bristol, Bridgewater, Gloucester and Swindon areas.
In addition to this Happy Handbag accepts donations of clothing, bedding etc. Again these are given to the Service Providers listed below.
We refer to these as Happys - a Happy could be a sack of clothing, a pushchair, a set of bedding etc.
A record is kept of all deliveries to Service Providers. Please click here to see a breakdown of the donations made.
Remember a Happy could represent 1 large item or sacksful of items so is only to be used as a guide as to the amount of donations given.
COVID 19 has taken it's toll so donations are down with many collection points being closed - however -
Donations given to Service Providers to date 16/02/2022
2659 Happy Handbags have given out to Service Providers plus
1361 Happy's (Happy's are a Happy Bag/sack of clothing or Happy Home - bedding,
Happy Bowl - kitchen start-up packs etc!!
AND a babies high chairs, cots. cot-bed and Moses Baskets plus many packs of nappies!)
Totals from 2017 to 2021 (Covid restrictions still in place)
Happy Handbags 2601; Happy's 1301: Grand Total 3908
Without the support of Big Yellow Self Storage Units in Gloucester I would have been unable to continue this scheme
Thank you Big Yellow!
The donated handbags have been given to:-
Missing Link Bristol - As well as mental health support services they provide domestic abuse support services and support for victims of rape and sexual abuse.
Link House - Bristol - provides a safe place for women in mental health crisis to stay. Women can stay at the house for up to four weeks.
Gloucester City Mission - are a registered charity working with the homeless and other marginalised groups within the city of Gloucester and the local area.
Nelson Trust Women's Centre - Swindon, Gloucester, Bristol and Bridgewater - a safe, women-only space where a wide range of problems relating to offending, substance misuse, safety and well-being can be addressed in a warm and supportive environment.
Family Haven - Gloucester - The Family Haven is a day centre for vulnerable families in Gloucestershire with children under five. We have been providing our services to disadvantaged families for over 27 years, making sure no young family is left isolated and alone, helping them take control of their chaotic lives.
Help Bristol's Homeless - Help Bristol’s Homeless (CIC) is a non-profit, social enterprise with a mission to change the face of homelessness in Bristol.. Many complex factors can lead to homelessness, and while it is true that these issues need to be resolved to keep people off the street, we believe that the priority must be to get people into safe, stable and comfortable accommodation. From there, we can help them to improve their own lives and reach their potential.
HVDV - Chippenham - Helping Victims of Domestic Violence.
Refresh - Bedminster, Bristol - a charity based in East St., South Bristol (UK) reaching out to the poor and in the community with a variety of different support strategies. Their vision is to bring spiritual and social transformation to the area and to bring positive input and improvement to the lives of the people of Bedminster and South Bristol.
South Gloucestershire Mental Health Services Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust - Kingswood, Bristol. Their motto: you matter, we care.
Their values: passion, respect, integrity, diversity, excellence
Sirona, Bristol and South Glos - provide your community with a range of high quality specialist health and social care services.
BGSW - Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire - Community Rehabilitation (Probation Services.)
Medaille Trust - Wootton Bassett - The Medaille trust was established in 2006 and aim to help the victims of Human Trafficking in the UK.
AVA Recovery4All - Bristol - ARA provides a range of high quality housing and support for people in Bristol in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction.
Blond Angel Street Team - Bristol - a non profit Facebook group - who collect supplies and provide food and drinks to homeless people in Bristol
The Junction Project - Speedwell, Bristol - an accommodation-based drug and alcohol service.
Family Food 4 Free -Chipping Sodbury - collecting donation of food and giving them to families in the Bristol area.
South Glos. and Bristol Probationary Service
Hatherley Road, Church of God Baby Bank - Gloucester
If you wish to make a donation, or wish to receive Happy Handbags please contact us on the form below.
Happy Handbag and Happy Bag is not a registered charity, however we are a 'Not For Profit Organisation'.
HAPPY HANDBAGS and HAPPY BAGS are given, free of charge, to Service Providers to give out, at their discretion,freely to anyone in a crisis situation, or in real need.
Happy Handbag is a privately run scheme with full transparency and traceability. The Service Providers receivingthese bags are charities.