Health and Happiness is a partnership organisation which follows community development principles. Our work is embedded within a belief in connecting with others to achieve our aims, because it is effective, rewarding, sustainable and fun! We could not achieve our dream without the goodwill and experience and support of our partners!
We operate within each area of Highland and over the coming years, are looking to further develop partnerships with others within the eight regions.
Main Strategic Groups
Health and Happiness contributes to the work of the following groups :-
- Scottish Commission for Learning Disability
- Inclusion Scotland (Highland Advisory Group)
- The Learning Disabilities Improvement Group (NHS Highland)
- Chief Executives Joint Board for Transitions (NHS Highland & Highland Council)
- Adult Support & Protection (Service Users Forum) NHS Highland
- The Community Advisory Group (Police Scotland)
- The Scottish Health Council
- The Scottish Government
In addition, we work closely with partners such as :-
- People First Highland
- Advocacy Highland
- Highland Childrens’ Forum
- Connecting Carers
- University of Highlands and Islands
- University of Stirling (Raigmore Campus)
- Down Syndrome Scotland
- Caberfeidh Horizons
- Brora Community Hub
- Key Community Supports
Details and links to these partners can be found in the ‘Useful Links’ section
Community Partnership Projects
[Details coming soon]
The Wildlife Wombles
During the the Community Connecting years of Health and Happiness, Pete Carson (Connector for Badenoch & Strathspey) and Carolyn Cornfield (Caberfeidh Horizons) met with Ellie and Jasper Hughes, the Education Officer of Highland Wildlife Park. The seed of an idea was formed, to enable a group of people with disabilities on site to work alongside the staff of the Wildlife Park and promote it as a local asset but also contribute to the conservation and maintenance of this very special place. The Wildlife Wombles were born! They are now a mainstay of the Park and when funding for Pete’s post came to an end, we managed to identify funds for this one day a week for our Chief Womble! However, it is Carolyn with Pete and Jasper who have taken this amazing project and developed it to the growing success it is today. Their dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and support has been so much appreciated! We are working to identify further funding,as two days a week are really needed and this is such a special project and unique, being identified by the Royal Zoological Society as excellent practice and innovative on so many levels. The outcomes are not only linked to conservation and environment but developing social skills, friendships, employability, confidence….all with a valued contribution to their local community. Thank you all so much!
One Big Drum
Bruce Armstrong (our Sutherland Connector during the Community Connecting years) started an integrated drumming group, alongside Highland Council Youth Development Team. This group has continued, culminating in being asked to perform at a Trades Union Congress and a special commendation from Alex Salmond,the then First Minister. The group has produced CD’s and performed at numerous local functions. Currently, with new drums and new uniforms, One Big Drum is developing its vision for the next stage of their journey!