We all share the same heart and mind values in breaking down barriers together,from our ‘experts’ (people with learning disabilities), carers, volunteers, staff and Directors.
Health and Happiness is a Scottish Registered Charity (SC039149) and a Company Limited By Guarantee (SC335524).
The Board is responsible for the governance of Health and Happiness and is a shared responsibility between people with learning disabilities and/or autism working alongside others who share their vision for a better and fairer life. The Chairperson is a position for a person with a learning disability and/or autism and the Board, like Health and Happiness, is’ user-owned’ and user-led in terms of the priorities of projects and the way in which they are delivered. The Board meets monthly but additionally if required for specific pieces of work. Our auditors and accountants are A9 Accountancy and Health and Happiness has a reputation for good governance and management, both financial and operational.
The Board has remained committed and supportive of Health and Happiness and been known to the organisation since becoming independent from NHS Highland in 2008. Another strength has been the consistency of support and expertise from members of the original partnership group which brings a wealth of experience, commitment and investment in our organisation. Our partnership working is one of the most rewarding and creative aspects of our work, breaking down barriers together,sharing resources and working with others to make change happen.
Our Core Staff
We have a full-time Project Manager, (Ellie Wolf) and a part-time Finance & Fundraising Officer, (Debbie Mackenzie, 30 hours per week), who have been with Health and Happiness from the beginning! There is no administrative support within Health and Happiness. The Project Manager and Finance Officer have been with Health and Happiness from the beginning and so have a longstanding commitment and experience within the organisation .
Health and Happiness values the role of volunteers and volunteering with us. They not only make a valued contribution but are vital in helping us to change hearts and minds and connect us to opportunities within their own lives and communities. Volunteers, as with staff and directors, must become have PVG membership (enhanced disclosure for working both with children and vulnerable adults). Volunteers are known as Life-skill Mentors, which provides opportunities to engage with every aspect of the project.
People with learning disabilities and/or autism are the reason why we exist! We have worked at grass-roots across Highland, enabling adults with learning disabilities and/or autism to fulfill their potential as active citizens within communities. Their stories and lived experience are our inspiration and guides our vision and evolving mission.
The Highland area that Health and Happiness covers is divided into eight areas : Caithness, Sutherland, Ross & Cromarty, Skye & Lochalsh, Badenoch & Strathspey, Nairn and Inverness. Each region has its own specific culture, challenges, history and opportunities. It is therefore important to be responsive to what each local area identifies as a priority and work in ways that respect how regional differences impact upon how people can engage with us effectively.