Organisations receiving Happy Handbags

The following organisations have received Happy Handbags to distribute them to their clients.

Organisation

Number of Happy Handbags

Number of Happy Bags/Sacks

Total

Family Haven

267

537

804

Gloucester City Mission

47

47

94

Green Square / GDASS

12

50

62

HDVD

11

31

42

Missing Link/House

302

67

369

Help Bristols' Homeless

63

-

63

Refresh

22

-

22

S. Glos Mental Partners

5

-

5

Sirona

-

17

17

BGSW

24

-

24

Medaille Trust

20

1

21

Baby Bank Network

6

-

6

ARA - Recovery4all

16

-

16

Blond Angel Street Team

6

-

6

Nelson Trust (all)*

2422

1074

3496

The Junction Project

11

-

11

Family Food 4 Free

16

-

16

Probation Service
Bristol

15

11

26

Hatherley Road Gloucester
Church of God

6

20

26

Spring House
Cirencester

10

6

16

Bromford Housing Yate

2

8

10

Police Station

8

-

8

TOTAL

3291

1869

5160

* Nelson Trust cover a large area (Gloucester; Swindon; Bristol; Bridgewater) and offer many services to women in crisis hence the large percentage going to them.

Nelson Trust also work very closely with Working Links – rehabilitation services are offered in Wales and the South West as part of Transforming Rehabilitation. (They with offenders who have either been sentenced by the courts to a community or suspended sentence order, or released on licence from prison to serve the rest of their sentence in the community.)  Happy Handbags are also given out here.

*Family Haven, Gloucester – The Family Haven strives to help vulnerable families in the Gloucestershire area, the families we help are homeless or living in unsuitable accommodation or stuck in the poverty loop as a result of their social and economic circumstances.  They do this by providing a day centre where they have a registered nursery with fully qualified staff which offers nursery education, respite and crèche facilities, and one-to-one sessions for those with additional needs for the children. They also offer laundry and bathing facilities, hot midday meals for all, parenting classes, healthy eating workshops, mutual support and buddying to fight isolation, active listening and advice for the parents. Unlike other day care services, they work with the family as a whole, providing both practical and emotional support. They recognise the importance of the holistic approach to achieve their aim of improving the family’s emotional well-being. Happy, confident, relaxed parents make for happy, confident, relaxed children. They concentrate on building self-esteem by focusing on the positives whilst working on areas needing improvement in a non-judgemental and non-prescriptive way. They provide information, advice, advocacy, active listening, stress management, alternative therapies, and access to other agencies. They are the only organisation in Gloucestershire providing this kind of service to families.

These are the 2 main organisations that are supported by Happy Handbag…….
However on 20th May 2024 a TRIAL was set up with 8 Happy Handbags given to a main Police Station in Gloucestershire to be distributed as needed….. Watch this space…..

2024

Happy Handbags – 165 (3291 since start)
Happy’s (including 2 Happy Bowls) – 197 (1869 since start)
Grand total as at 30/05/2024 – 5160 

2023 Totals to end of 2023

Happy Handbags 450 (3126 since the start)
268 Happy’s* (1672 since the start)
Grand total – 4798

2022 Totals:

Despite all collection points not having reopened our totals so far this year are:

Happy Handbags 75 (2676 since the start)
103 Happy’s*1 (1404 since start)
Grand total – 4120

*1 are either FULL carriers bags, boxes, sacks of clothing and/or household or baby items (e.g. high chair etc)

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History

TOTALS TO THE END OF 2017
Happy Handbags – 615; Happy Bags/Sacks – 387         
GRAND TOTAL 1002

TOTALS TO THE END OF 2018
Happy Handbags -1320; Happy Bags/Sacks – 688           
GRAND TOTAL 2008

TOTALS TO THE END OF 2019
Happy Handbag – 2040; Happy Bags/Sack – 1016               
GRAND TOTAL – 3056

TOTALS TO THE END OF 2020
(Covid Restrictions)
Happy Handbags – 2428; Happy Bags/Sacks – 1180
GRAND TOTAL – 3608

Despite Covid in 2021, restrictions and lockdowns we have still managed 
173 Happy Handbags and 121 Happy’s