#InternationalDayOfHappiness

Let's take a quick look at some of the ways in which we're using our Big Lottery Funding to help make people feel happier in over 100 locations across the UK...


1) Finding one million mentors…

Research shows that helping others through volunteering and mentoring can increase people's happiness and wellbeing. With that in mind, Spirit has awarded £50,000 to youth leadership organisation UpRising to develop an online mentoring platform. The pilot version is now live and currently looking to recruit mentors from Manchester, Cardiff and London. 

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/spirit-funded-one-million-mentors-platform-now-live

2) Helping as many people as possible enjoy getting involved with London 2017... 

Spirit of 2012 has awarded over £900,000 to England Athletics to deliver the volunteering element of ‘Team Personal Best’ – the inspiration programme of London 2017, meaning more people can enjoy getting directly involved with Sport throughout 2017 and beyond. 

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/spirit-and-england-athletics-launch-london-2017-volunteering-programme

3) Supporting happy communities with arts projects…

We’re working with Voluntary Arts to support hundreds of community arts initiatives across the UK, covering the whole range of arts and cultural activities, to help them become more professional and self-sustaining, ensuring everyone has a chance to get out and get creative in their own community. 

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/programmes/volunteering/voluntary-arts 

4) Getting people out, active and happy…

in 2016, Spirit awarded  £4.5 million to a UK wide consortium led by the English Federation of Disability Sport. The initiative is called Get Out & Get Active and the funding will be used to get people active in eighteen locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The main focus is on increasing participation in fun and inclusive physical activity so that people can enjoy recreational activity together. 

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/spirits-45-million-get-out-get-active-launched

5) Bringing back happy memories…

Spirit funds Sporting Memories: Uniting Generations - a project designed to capture memories of Olympic and Paralympic Games gone by and to tackle social isolation amongst older people.  Recalling great moments of sport can prove beneficial in promoting cognitive functioning, triggering long held memories and providing social activities that can play their part in tackling social isolation and loneliness. Sporting Memories Network uses archive images of sporting heroes, old sports grounds and teams to help trigger memories of older sports fans attending volunteer-led, community-based, weekly groups. 

www.sportingmemories.org

6) Helping spread the happy vibes from the Commonwealth Games...

Fourteen communities were selected earlier this year to receive funding to increase community participation and improve wellbeing as part of the XX Commonwealth Games legacy. This has become Spirit’s Fourteen programme. It is community-led and each community decides themselves how they want to increase participation. Together, with our delivery partners, led by the UK Community Foundation and Springboard, we are helping create a legacy of improved wellbeing and happiness. 

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/programmes/glasgow/fourteen

7) Making local thespians happy…

ARC Stockton’s Cultural Shift programme, funded by Spirit, is creating an inclusive theatre company, Full Circle, who are already producing plays of their own. They’re helping people to forget about stage fright and join their local theatre group. 

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/cultural-shift

 8) Helping young people to come together and try new sports…

As part of Fourteen, Young Asian Voices were recently awarded funding to develop a sports academy, which will offer opportunities for children and young people in Sunderland to try new sports, gain coaching qualifications, and set up several new teams to sustain activity. Two youth workers and a qualified sports coach will run weekly supervised community sports sessions. 

www.youngasianvoices.org.uk

9) Taking Women of the World festivals across the UK…

Spirit of 2012 and Southbank Centre have launched WOW Spirit - a three-year partnership which sees them working with local communities to deliver WOW - Women of the World festivals in new locations across the UK between 2016 - 2018. The first of these festivals took place in Bradford in November 2016. 

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/southbank-centre-and-spirit-2012-launch-wow-spirit-bradford

10) Lifting spirits by bringing people together…

At Spirit, we’re absolutely committed to funding projects that bring people together. With that in mind, here are just some of the many ways we are helping tackle the loneliness and isolation felt by an increasing number of people across the UK. 

www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/10-ways-were-tackling


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