In my many years of working with Lewisham’s communities, I have endeavoured to understand and engage with people’s struggles and pleasures – trying to “scratch where people are itching”, if you like!
So, where do people “itch”? It’s not hard to discover: finances, housing, relationships, family, work, emotional and psychological issues, to mention just a few. Many people find themselves wrestling both internally, with worries about insecurity and self-esteem, and externally, with work stress or relational conflicts.
Health, social and educational services are often at saturation point and unable to fully support people. Even in ideal circumstances, they could never provide all the care required. So – what to do?
This was the context for the development of The Happiness Course.
Research shows that it is possible to find ways through the pressures and discover more hope and wellbeing.
But how? Well, here’s what the Happiness Course has to offer…
We ran the Happiness Course at the Poole Borough offices in late 2013. When I came across the course I instinctively sensed this would be a good tool to use in our work engaging with people in the workplace. And so it has proved. 50+ people came on the course we ran at the Borough of Poole and there was great engagement with the material. The Borough Chaplain reckoned that this was the best take up of anything they have put on in recent years. The course also generated some great conversations with people at the ends of sessions, in many cases with people who wanted to talk about deeper issues of purpose and meaning. We are excited about the way forward.