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Spreading happiness with sofas

22 Jan 2013 | Action for Happiness

At the end of last year we ran a special competition where our members could win one of two fabulous bespoke sofas from Happy Sofa. To enter they had to tell us how they would use their sofa to spread a bit more happiness in the world around them.

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We had a phenomenal response with interest and entries from many hundreds of people. Choosing the winners was extremely difficult and the shortlisted entries included people wanting to give the sofa to a local library, a pregnant friend, a community cafe, their dad, a children's nursery, an NHS staff area, an ashram, a university, a retreat house, a school and a charity helping the homeless.

But eventually we decided on two extremely worthy and inspiring winners, listed below.

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Winner 1: Heather Barnes

Heather works for Hull Children's Centres supporting vulnerable families with young children - offering support, guidance and education with the aim of ensuring that children are ready for school, as well as happy, safe and loved. There are 21 centres across Hull, all in areas of deprivation, and they have been drastically hit by recent government cuts.

Heather said: "Receiving this sofa would be a fantastic meeting place for families and a great boost to staff moral. We often hold social events such as coffee mornings, play groups and music groups and the sofa could be used as a central point for these. We could also move it around the centres or take it into the local streets, with a coffee table, tea and cakes, and spread the word about the good work that children's centres do and how to get involved. I believe a Happiness Sofa would literally spread happiness to hundreds of families in Hull!"

Winner 2: Sarah Boldison

Sarah works in mental health and learning disabilities at Devon Partnership NHS Trust, where she  organises a wide range of learning opportunities for people suffering with mental health issues and their family members. 

Sarah said: "This sofa would be used in one of our pop up colleges surrounded by promotional material about happier living. For example this would include Action for Happiness postcards, the five-a-day for mental wellbeing and the Mental Health Foundation's report on why kindness is good for you.  We would record the stories about how we are spreading the message and all of this will be co-designed with people who have a lived experience of mental health issues"

Many congratulations to Heather and Sarah and huge thanks to everyone who took the time to enter the competition. Once again we were blown away by the enthusiasm, creativity and selfless generosity of Action for Happiness members.

Here's to a very happy and inspiring 2013 for all of you and those you love.

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Happy Sofa is a new online sofa retailer with a simple mission - to make the living spaces of Britain happier places! And helping out good causes is a big part of their plans. Each and every Happy Sofa is made to order and there are thousands of combinations to choose from.

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