Welcome to HAPPY Hub: Basildon
Empowering the Community to Thrive through:
- Mental health promotion
- Therapeutic & wellbeing related merchandise
- Psychological therapies & workshops
- Peer support
- Informal and accreditted learning
- Fitness fun
- Community fridge/foodbank
- Volunteering and work experienceopportunities
- Partnership working
Situated in the heart of Basildon's Eastgate Shopping Centre, the HAPPY Hub is the UK's first one-stop-wellness shop, promoting the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and offering a range of therapuetic merchandise and mental health and wellbeing services.
The HAPPY Hub is a bright, spacious space and hosts not only the wellbeing retail element, but also a training and sensory areas, one to one rooms, physcical activity space, and a community connect area and our Communi-TEA Cafe. Furthermore, HAPPY Hub: Basildon supports residents of all ages from across the Borough with what practical soluntions to support their mental health and wellbeing, enabling the community to thrive.
Identifying the changing needs of our community is paramount to what we do, therefore when Covid hit the UK in March 2020 we decided to set-up an emergency foodbank with longer opening hours and no questions asked to support those in need. Today, working with other foodbanks and Essex County Council and Basildon Council our emergency foodbank still runs out of HAPPY Hub: Basildon. Serving over 200 families in need per month. If you need emergency support, please do pop in and collect afood parcel.
What is on in the Hub
11am to 4pm: Advice & Guidance Peabody are on hand to support with needs around form filing, finances, benefits and housing. No booking required.
1-2pm: Walk 4 Wellness: Gloucester Park Join us for a stroll and friendly chat, getting in some fresh air and the opportunity to meet new people. Meet at the HAPPY Hub @ 12.50 and we will walk around the beautiful Gloucester Park. Suitable for all ages and abilities.
1-2.30pm MIND Craft: Arts & Crafts Join Iris for our popular arts and craft session. Peer led, this friendly group meet, chat and enjoy various therapeutic arts and craft activities, such as mindful colouring, paper craft, card making and pebble painting. Suggested donation £3
3.30pm – 5.30pm Well Kids Club & Parental Support A safe space for children who face barriers to their mental health and wellbeing. We provide an environment to challenge those barriers, build stronger resilience and support positive mental health. This group has a strong focus on neurodiversity. £5 per child
1-2pm Cup of Kindness: Emotional Regulation This friendly group talks emotional regulation in a relaxed way. Learn to verbalise how you feel and validate your feelings. Learn the tools needed to live happier and healthier. Join Jo for an hour of learning, self-growth, there's even a lot of laughter.
2pm HAPPY Crafters Join this lovely peer led group to make and create wonderous things through knitting, crochet and sowing, which then support the community health and wellness work we do.
10am to Noon Aromatherapy Hand Massage Join Chrissy for 15 minutes of bliss and receive a wonderful hand massage with the aroma oil of your choice. £3 recommended donation.
11.30am Chair Yoga Join Vikki for a gentle seated yoga session with postures for strength & flexibility, yoga breathing techniques & guided meditation.
12pm Midday Mindfulness Guided meditation for mindfulness using your breathing.
1pm Walk 4 Wellness Join us for a stroll and friendly chat, getting in some fresh air and the opportunity to meet new people. Meet at the HAPPY Hub 12.45pm, ready for 1pm set off.
10am - noonMEN’d. Men’s mental health support group, which offers a more informal therapeutic approach, reducing stigma and shame, as well as teaching coping mechanisms. The session also promotes various sustainable hobbies, which are well documented in enhancing overall wellbeing.
12:00pm: Time for Afternoon Tea Join us for afternoon tea. Come alone, or bring a friend. This joyful weekly event not only has amazing sandwiches and cakes, but also gives you the opportunity to meet friendly people and make new friends. £5 per person (includes 1 hot drink, sandwich and cake).
Support HAPPY Hub: Basildon
All profits from the cafe, the shop and the sports zone, help support the work we do, as well as the army of volunteers that we have making every thing function like clockwork. The Hub invites the community to use our facilities and to get involved.
To help us fundraise, we are a sales point for Adventure Island and the Southend Sealife Centre. Either pop into the hub to collect your tickets, or buy online.
As off January 2020 the Basildon Hub is funded by: Brentwood and Basildon Clinical Commissioning Group, Essex County Council Public Health and the Police and Fire Crime Commission. We also continue to be supported by Eastgate Shopping Centre, Basildon Council and Peabody. We are very thankful to all our funders as this enables us to secure our premises for the next three years, employee expert staff, train volunteers, and run a variety of mental health and wellbeing related services.
"The HAPPY Hub is my favourite place on Earth. I recommend it, if you struggle in life or need a change of atmosphere, this is definitely to go."
- Skyler Jan 2019
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HAPPY Hub, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Basildon, Essex, England.
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