I became involved with Happy Planet in its first year, having just moved to Whitley and was looking to get out, socialise and be creative. I knew this would help my mental wellbeing, having had long-term mental health issues. I joined the Thursday and later the Tuesday, Poetry with Friends groups. 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