We are extremely grateful to our partner organisations for their
support and expertise:
"The Action for Happiness initiative has come at the perfect
time to encourage a focus on individual wellbeing when many people
are understandably concerned about the financial pressures
affecting us all. We welcome the initiative and hope it will spark
further conversations about mental health and happiness, to reduce
the stigma and discrimination that continue to surround mental
distress, in turn promoting the emotional resilience of the
population as a whole."
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive, MIND
"Despite a great deal of material progress, we still see
distressing levels of social problems in our society. A focus on
well-being and happiness is important and necessary. Action
for Happiness has a vision where we can all play a role in creating
a society which values personal well-being, relationships, and
meaningful, purposeful, lives. Psychologists are working hard for
positive social change and we welcome and fully support the aims of
Action for Happiness."
Professor Peter Kinderman, Chair Division of Clinical
"Families today are struggling with a great many issues
including financial, practical and emotional problems. But when you
ask any parent what they want for their children, they will say
that they want them "to be happy". We fundamentally believe that
happy parents = happy children and we know from our research that
small daily changes can have long term effects on happiness levels.
We are delighted to support Action for Happiness and hope together
we can spread the Happiness message."
Siobhan Freegard, Founder, Netmums
"NCVO supports Action for Happiness because we understand the
intrinsic link between engaging in voluntary action and wellbeing
for millions of people in this country. We welcome initiatives that
work to understand better what contributes to people's wellbeing
and the important role that the voluntary sector can play in
Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive, National
Council of Voluntary Organisations
"TimeBank is getting behind Action for Happiness because we are
firm believers that community volunteering can make a major
contribution to happiness and well-being. We know from our own
experience that volunteering can result in positive social change;
bringing together diverse groups all working together to achieve a
better society for everyone."
Helen Walker, Chief Executive, TimeBank
"BITC supports Action for Happiness because improving the
wellbeing of employees is a moral, social and economic imperative.
BITC's Workwell Campaign inspires every organisation to create the
right conditions for their people to flourish. A happy, healthy and
engaged workforce is responsible business practice, resulting in
business and social benefits."
Louise Aston, Campaign Director, Business Action on
"It's a simple truth - and one borne out by research, that our
relationships are crucial to our happiness. Happy relationships
mean a happier society. This is why we are so delighted to see the
launch of Action for Happiness which we hope will get more people
thinking about what really makes them happy, and how they can have
more happiness, both in and out of their relationships "
Claire Tyler, Chief Executive, Relate
"Children who are safe, supported, loved and cared for will have
the best chance of developing resilience and establishing strong
bonds with their families, friends and communities. NCB commits to
taking action for happiness. In doing so, we make a wider
commitment to investing our time and our efforts in establishing a
new vision of prosperity, which recognises the importance of
material wealth and fulfilling work but which is not enslaved by
Sir Paul Ennals, Chief Executive, National Children's
"Children's happiness with their lives is central to their
well-being, which is pivotal to our work. We are delighted to
support Action for Happiness in highlighting the importance of
happiness and well-being, and in generating greater public
understanding of this vital issue."
Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive, The Children's
"Happiness is fundamental to student success. If students are
not happy, they will not be able to fully participate in their own
community of learning, they will not be able to manage their
learning alongside the many other pressures in their lives, and
they will not be able to use their mind effectively. NUS is
delighted to be involved in Action for Happiness, because we should
take happiness seriously in education."
Aaron Porter, President, National Union of
"The National Trust is delighted to support Action for
Happiness. Everything we do emphasises how important the quality of
life is for people today - we provide a means of reconnection
between people and nature, history, beauty and landscape, and by
these means we bring happiness into people's lives. So we are
enthusiastic supporters of the Action for Happiness campaign."
Fiona Reynolds, Director General, National
"CITIZENS UK welcomes the launch of Action for Happiness and
looks forward to a close working relationship. People are happier
if they are engaged in constructive relationships with others and
are involved in working together for the common good. This applies
to all socio economic groups, all ages and all ethnic groups."
Neil Jameson, Founding Executive Director, Citizens