My name is Geoff Smith and I am a director of Happy Planet. I became involved with Happy Planet in its first year, having just moved to Whitley. On the lookout to get out, socialise and be creative. This helped my mental well being, having had long-term mental health issues. Joining the Thursday and later the Tuesday, Poetry with Friends groups, also helped. Later I started to attend the Arts with Friends and Gail helped me feel valued and that what I produced was good even though my self-critical voice was ever present.
The whole ethos and purpose of Happy Planet is to empower people to develop their potential and improve their wellbeing. I really value and support these and other similar aims. So when I was invited to become a Happy Planet Director, just before its 3rd anniversary, I was honoured to accept.
For work (in my well periods) I am an IT consultant and run my own business called GPSIT Ltd