Happy Handbag             

This is a private, not for profit, new scheme set up to provide a handbag containing ladies personal items to women in time of great hardship and/or homelessness.  The majority of handbags donated are given directly to a lady in a crisis situation, through a local service provider or charity.  Some handbags are sold in order to produce funds to fill the other handbags with the hygiene items.

In addition to HAPPY HANDBAG we have HAPPY BAG/SACK.           New for 2018 HAPPY HOME/BOWL

So, the Autumn and Winter months are coming.
ORGANISATIONS  and GROUPS why not make someone Happy this Christmas by filling some bags?
Happy Handbag has many bags waiting to be filled.  
Make a Handbag or a Bag or a Sack or a Bowl HAPPY!!


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 Happy Handbag scheme started in Bristol with a view to expanding our area as more donations of handbags are received.  We now cover the Bristol. Gloucester and Swindon areas.  Currently the donated handbags are being given to:- 

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.

Nelson Trust Women's Centre - Swindon, Gloucester, Bristol and Bridgewater -  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 up and running in Bridgewater!

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.

Help Bristols Homeless - Help Bristol’s Homeless (CIC) is a non-profit, social enterprise with a mission to change the face of homelessness in Bristol.. Many complex factors can lead to homelessness, and while it is true that these issues need to be resolved to keep people off the street, we believe that the priority must be to get people into safe, stable and comfortable accommodation. From there, we can help them to improve their own lives and reach their potential.

HVDV - Chippenham - Helping Victims of Domestic Violence.

Link House - Bristol - provides a safe place for women in mental health crisis to stay. Women can stay at the house for up to four weeks.

Refresh - Bedminster, Bristol - a charity based in East St., South Bristol (UK) reaching out to the poor and in the community with a variety of different support strategies.  Their vision is to bring spiritual and social transformation to the area and to bring positive input and improvement to the lives of the people of Bedminster and South Bristol.

South Gloucestershire Mental Health Services Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust - Kingswood, Bristol
Our motto: you matter, we care
Our values: passion, respect, integrity, diversity, excellence

Sirona, Bristol and South Glos - We provide you and your community with a range of high quality specialist  health and social care services.

Currently monetary funding is very limited. Happy Handbag is happy to accept donations of money and all monies donated will be used in the promoting of/running of/buying of personal hygiene items for the scheme.  There is a 'donate' button at the foot of the page,

Please also take a look at our Sponsors page to see a list of very kind people and organisations who donate to Happy Handbag, Sack, Bowl and Home.

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.  Or why not have a look at HAPPY BOWL?  Or simply use the donate button to help with much needed funding. 

Or you can use our 'DONATE' button at the bottom of this page to help us buy the products for our empty handbags

THIS SCHEME IS NEW AND WITH CHALLENGES, ESPECIALLY ARRANGING THE COLLECTION OF DONATED HANDBAGS.  Also I have many empty handbags donated which are waiting to be filled.  Please also ensure any donated bags do not have broken handles, or sticky sweets stuck to the lining as these bags are of no use.


As at 29/11/2018 -   1243 Happy Handbags have given out to Service Providers plus 650 Happy's 
(Happy's are a Happy Bags of clothing or Happy Home - bedding, Happy Bowl - kitchen start-up packs etc!!
AND a babies high chair, cot. cot-bed and Moses Basket plus many packs of nappies!)

Organisation                           Place                          Happy Handbags     Happy Bags/Home/Bowls     Total

Family Haven                        Gloucester                        111                                             120                              231
City Mission/Food Bank    Gloucester                          47                                              47                                94
(inc. Food Banks in F.O.D.)
Green Square/GDASS       Gloucester                           10                                              17                                27
HDVD                                     Chippenham                        11                                              31                                42
Missing Link/House           Bristol                                   84                                              16                              100
Help Bristol's Homeless    Bristol                                   63                                                                                  63 
Refresh                                  Bedminster                         22                                                                                   22
South Glos/Avon/Wilts
Mental Health Ptnrs                                                            5                                                                                     5
Sirona                                    Bristol & S,Glos                                                                      17                                 17
Nelson Trust**                      Various locations             890                                            402                            1292!

GRAND RUNNING TOTAL                     1243                            650                  1893

** !! Nelson Trust cover a large area (Gloucester; Swindon; Bristol; Bridgewater) and offer many services to women in crisis hence the large percentage going to them.

Nelson Trust also work very closely with Working Links - rehabilitation services are offered in Wales and the South West as part of Transforming Rehabilitation. (They with offenders who have either been sentenced by the courts to a community or suspended sentence order, or released on licence from prison to serve the rest of their sentence in the community.)  Happy Handbags are also given out here.


Happy Handbags  615                  Happy Bags/Sacks  387                   GRAND TOTAL  1002

There are many more Happy Handbags in the pipe-line being assembled! 


  Delivering to Nelson Trust Swindon 8th December 2016



There are certain items that may not be suitable for Happy Bags, for various reasons.  If these items are found amongst the donations they will be bagged up separately for distribution at the discretion of the service provider. 
These items are:

Knives          scissors          razors         ( aerosol cans )        alcohol         any medicines or medication  


Happy Handbag and Happy Bag is not a registered charity, however we have taken the first steps by becoming a
'Not For Profit Organisation'.  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.  
The Service Providers receiving these bags are charities.


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