WE'RE BETTER CONNECTED

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Caring for a child/ren for the majority of the time can be a rewarding experience. However, at different times those in the caring role can feel it's all too much. This could be to do with the transition into the role, eg. no longer working, feeling a lack of purpose, needing more support but no family nearby, partner working/away, etc. The situation may also be difficult because there isn't so much money coming in, you may be doing the role on your own without a partner, your health may be affected and you may feel unable to cope with the competing demands of family life/work/household and other responsibilities. Sometimes there are other issues such as a someone in the family having an illness or diagnosis or a learning need or perhaps there are issues with family dynamics, dealing with children's behaviour, relationship strains, etc.

EVERY FAMILY faces difficulties. In 2017 Dartington Social Research Unit undertook a comprehensive analysis of the provision for Emotional and Mental Health in the local area. Primary Care physicians and Childrens and Adults Mental Health practitioners found a high number of cases of families having issues associated with family life and there was frustration in not being able to offer the things that really make a difference to families.

"Sometimes I know what the person needs is not medication or a referral but just some more support: meeting people, finding out about the resources out there, help with parenting, finding different work around family life, etc. sadly there just aren't the services out there to meet the need" 
General Practitioner, Torbay.

In 2019 the ONE BIG HAPPY pilot project was formed by a group of majority care parents and volunteers in response to this need. We had a fantastic learning experience and were grateful for the overwhelming support received in this early phase from carers, volunteers partner organisations and benefactors. In 2020 we became a members charity. Our aim is to recruit majority carers/parents to a network of others in this role and provide the support that's really needed to complement primary care provision.

Are you caring for a child/ren for the majority of the time and feeling: your expectations of being a parent are not what you thought, you are unsure of how to get purpose and meaning in your days, you are missing work, feeling isolated and without family support nearby, or you are doing it on your own, struggling to manage family life, children's behaviour, relationship issues, etc.?

Would you like help to?
  • Connect with other people
  • Learn parenting skills/become a Parent Skills leader
  • Design projects with others that make a difference to well being
  • Get some time off, feel pampered, improve your health
  • Talk to people who really understand how to make change in your family
  • Take back some control of your life and set goals for change this year
  • Feel more supported, help share the load of managing family responsibilities
  • Discover new ways of connecting with and building better relationships with your children
  • Benefit from access to zero/low cost activities that promote individual and family well being
  • Find out more about the resources we have in the community


About Us

We're Better Connected


We're Better Connected
'For not only young children, but human beings of all ages are found to be at their happiest and able to deploy their talents to best advantage when they are confident that, standing behind them, there are one or more trusted persons who will come to their aid should difficulties arise.........' John Bowlby.

ONE BIG HAPPY was inspired by Sheena Bishop 1966 - 2007 and Beth Hughes plus their BIG HAPPY FAMILIES.

Thank you for everything!        ONE BIG HAPPY - WE'RE BETTER CONNECTED.

Services


GETTING TO KNOW YOU

INITAL MEETING CHECKING IN RESEARCH and EVALUATION

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PARENT SUPPORT

HAPPY PARENTS PARENT PEER SUPPORT TALK/IDEAS/WORKSHOPS

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IMPROVING FAMILY MATTERS

FREE FAMILY THERAPY MULTI FAMILY THERAPY OUTSIDER WITNESS

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GETTING CONNECTED

ANTENATAL CONTACT LINKING INTO THE NETWORK WEEKEND MEET UPS SOCIAL MEDIA PLAFORTM PLAY DATES PLAY GROUP ROUNDS FAMILY CONCERTS THE BIG TOP HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES THE BIG NOISE

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HEALTH

THE BIG DAY OFF THE BIG CHILL

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Events


  • £15.00
  • 01/03/2020 10:00 PM
  • Meadow House Totnes

THE BIG DAY OFF - A well deserved retreat day for parents and carers! About this Event Description THE BIG DAY OFF is a coming together of parents/carers for other parents/carers, recognising everyone needs a bit of quality time off. A day of massage, relaxation, creative activities, sharing with other parents, lunch at cake, pastries, and more, all included in the price of £25 (or pay what you can afford). Contact us if you need help with transport, babysitting, or you want to bring your little one and/or someone to provide a bit of support. Meadow House is approx. 3 min walk from the top of Totnes High Sreet. More information about the parking, directions, etc will be sent out before the day. Contact jennieobh@gmail.com Please buy your ticket here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-big-day-off-tickets-90508592637

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  • £5.00
  • 02/02/2020 10:30 AM
  • Meadow House, Plymouth Road, Totnes

Come along and learn more about Parenting Skills that can help you to build relationships not only with your children but others aswell! There will be a strong focus on: The importance of working to build and maintain important relationships Practical skills to encourage positive behaviour Role play practise on how to deal with tricky situations Friendly environment with other parents/carers keen to get to get more tools in the tool box! Refreshments available. This is an event for age16+. Babes in arms welcome. Ticket price is per family. Meadow House is 3 min walk from Totnes town. Parking and directions will be sent out closer to the date. Contact Jennieobh@gmail.com Please purchase tickets through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/happy-parents-tickets-90508167365

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Membership/Donations


Help us match funding by paying your membership here!!!

Click on this link to pay your membership https://localgiving.org/charity/onebighappy/

£2 per month

Users/Supporters

£3 per month

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£4 per month

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£5 per month

Users/Supporters

£10 per month

Users/Supporters

£15 per month

Businesses/Sponsorships

£20 per month

Businesses/Sponsorships

£25 per month

Businesses/Sponsorships

Make a donation

Donate to One Big Happy

Because we all need a bit of nurturing to do our job

THE BIG CHILL is back!

Tuesday mornings 8.30 -- 12.30 a space in Dartington to receive massage by donation. Alternatively if that's tricky contact our therapists to get a visit in your own home. Email jennieobh@gmail.com for more details

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Trustees

Trustees

Ms. Kathryn, A. Ronconi Dr. Bryan Mills Dr. Laurie, D. Hughes Mrs. Louise Ostrovsky

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