This is a private new scheme set up to provide a handbag containing ladies personal items to women in time of great hardship and/or homelessness. The handbag you donate is given, in its entirety, directly to a lady in a crisis situation, through a local service provider or charity.
Message from Nelson Trust - Swindon
.....................SG is a young woman having her first baby. She is single, on benefits and struggles due to her mental health. SG was given a baby boy bag whilst pregnant. She was most grateful to us and built on the items in the bag, nesting away until the birth of her son. SG and baby are doing well and thank Happy Handbags for the help and support given at a time when it was very needed. Thank you Happy Handbag lady, from all of the staff and, most importantly, all of the women at Nelson Trust Women’s Centre in Swindon." 25/3/2017.............
...................Whilst delivering to Nelson Trust one of the Social Workers came to find me to pass on 'thanks' from one of her clients who had received a Happy Handbag. She chose which bag she liked and was overwhelmed with the thought that people do care and they wanted us to know how much this means to them. A thank you from me too to all of you who have donated, especially when the bags are filled with products etc. Give yourselves a pat on the back. You are making a positive difference to peoples lives. 24/5/2017.............
The South Glos Show Supports Happy Handbags
Look who came to visit us at the stand - Joel Dommett! Thank you Joel!
Bullfish Charity Fayres - Chipping Sodbury
Support Happy Handbag on
18th November 2017 in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. Bring your donations along please!
The Happy Handbag scheme started in Bristol with a view to expanding our area as more donations of handbags are received.
Currently the donated handbags are being given to Missing Link in Bristol, Gloucester City Mission, Gloucester Food Bank, Swindon Nelson Trust Women Centre, Nelson Trust Gloucester, Nelson Trust Bristol, GDASS in Gloucester, Family Haven Gloucester and HVDV (Helping Victims of Domestic Violence) Chippenham.
Missing Link - As well as mental health support services we provide domestic abuse support services and support for victims of rape and sexual abuse
Gloucester City Mission - are a registered charity working with the homeless and other marginalised groups within the city of Gloucester and the local area.
Swindon, Gloucester and Bristol Nelson Trust Women's Centre - a safe, women-only space where a wide range of problems relating to offending, substance misuse, safety and well-being can be addressed in a warm and supportive environment. Now starting up in Bristol!
GDASS - Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service is a county-wide service designed to reduce the level of domestic abuse and improve the safety of victims and their families. We operate in all districts offering a variety of support programmes for women and men over 16 years old experiencing domestic abuse.
Family Haven - Gloucester - The Family Haven is a day centre for vulnerable families in Gloucestershire with children under five. We have been providing our services to disadvantaged families for over 27 years, making sure no young family is left isolated and alone, helping them take control of their chaotic lives.
HVDV - Chippenham - Helping Victims of Domestic Violence
The scheme started with Happy Handbag however.....
If you don't have a handbag to donate, or would prefer to donate a Happy Bag with contents of your choice this, too, would be very acceptable. Other Happy Bags
At Happy Handbag we are happy to take donated handbags WITHOUT contents, however some of these may be sold to gain funds to fill other empty donated handbags. Currently monetary funding is very limited. Happy Handbag is also happy to accept monetary funding and all monies donated will be used in the promoting of/running of/buying of personal hygiene items for the scheme. Happy Handbags with contents will always be donated in their entirety.
THIS SCHEME IS VERY NEW AND WITH CHALLENGES, ESPECIALLY ARRANGING THE COLLECTION OF DONATED HANDBAGS. I AM CURRENTLY HAPPY TO COLLECT FROM THE BRISTOL/GLOUCESTER/SWINDON AREAS.
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS SCHEME, OR HAVE A HANDBAG TO DONATE PLEASE MESSAGE US ON THE FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE. IF YOU AND A FEW OF YOUR FRIENDS DONATED AT THE SAME TIME THAT WOULD BE FANTASTIC. MAYBE ASK AROUND YOUR PLACE OF WORK?
YOU CAN NOW TAKE YOUR DONATED HANDBAG TO TESCO SUPERSTORE YATE. Please take it to Customer Service desk anytime. A log is kept of all Happy Handbags and Happy Bags for trackability and traceability so please write your name/details on a piece of paper and pop it in your donated bag.
CARPE DIEM in Staple Hill will also take in any Happy Handbag donations
Of the 961 entries on the register 680 Happy Handbags or Happy Bags have been given out to Service Providers (Bags of toiletries are divided out amongst the handbags so these 2 numbers will never be equal)
As at 25/09/2017 HHB have given out to Service Providers:
Organisation Place Happy Handbags Happy Bags Total
Family Haven Gloucester 38 50 88
GDASS/City Mission/Food Bank
Gloucester 47 34 81
HDVD Chippenham 11 31 42
Missing Link Bristol 37 14 51
Nelson Trust (All counted under Swindon volumes)
286 165 451
TOTALS 419 294 713
There are many more Happy Handbags in the pipe-line being assembled!
* Often a Happy Sack of clothing!!
IF YOU ARE A CHARITY, CHARITABLE SCHEME OR SERVICE PROVIDER AND WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE HAPPY HANDBAG SCHEME PLEASE MESSAGE BELOW AND WE WILL SEE WHAT WE CAN DO!
There are certain items that may not be suitable for Happy Bags, for various reasons. At the moment the list of items not acceptable are:
Knives scissors razors any aerosol cans food drink any medicines or medication
Happy Handbag and Happy Bag is not a registered charity. HAPPY HANDBAGS and HAPPY BAGS are given, free of charge, to Service Providers to give out, at their discretion, freely to anyone in a crisis situation, or in real need.
Happy Handbag is a privately run scheme with full transparency and traceability.