“It is amazing to think about how far we have come as a charity since 2014 and how much of a difference we have made in many people’s lives….
Along the journey, which has been far from smooth, we have encountered many obstacles and challenges but have overcome them as a team, with a desire to want to constantly improve the service that we deliver and the communities and housing in which our residents live.
This is reflected in 2021 by being awarded the highest honour as a charity “The Queens Award.” We are so honoured and blessed to receive this prestigious award for our work with volunteers.
So where have we come from? Happydays was originally conceived due to myself & my wife Katie’s work with the Halifax food and Support Drop in, which we helped to form in 2008. This project has supplied many thousands of food parcels and support for the most vulnerable people in Calderdale every Saturday since formation.
Attending the food bank over the years were many “rough sleepers and homeless people and in 2010, David & Katie helped to create Calderdale’s first homeless shelter, to provide emergency shelter and support for the homeless. This is now in its 11th year and has provided support and accommodation for many hundreds of homeless and rough sleepers.
Then began the dream of creating a service that helps people leave homelessness forever “Happy Days UK.” Our dream is to create accommodation and a community for a better life, helping to transform the most broken people in our society.
In 2020 Happydays merged with Second Halifax Housing which has helped increase our accommodation stock, and now owns and rents accommodation for 103 residents in Calderdale and Kirklees over 5 sites.
Happy Days UK will continue to grow and improve our service to help as many people as we can in the UK, we believe that everyone deserves a chance and that nobody deserves to be without a home, access to work, a family… a community.”
To bring an end to homelessness across the UK and empower people to live independent and purposeful lives.
Providing safe accommodation, routine, and structure
volunteering and employability skills in a community
setting to bring about sustainable change in people’s lives.
We are committed to developing our people
We commit to seeking partnerships to support our people to build strong foundation.
We value everyone as intrinsically worthy of love and respect, regardless of background or belief.
We endeavour to work in the spirit of forgiveness and acceptance and be brave enough to be honest and act with integrity.
Our Board of Trustees are a group of volunteers that are tasked with strategic planning, agreeing polices, supporting fundraising and providing financial and safeguarding governance for the Charity.
All of our Trustee’s are trained to Safeguarding level 3 and meet bi-monthly to review all safeguarding incidents in line with policy to ensure accountability for safeguarding excellence throughout the charity.
Our board is made up of expertise in Homelessness, Accountancy, Business Acumen, Safeguarding, Charity Management and Leadership.
We are currently recruiting for a Trustee!
Happydays are seeking a driven individual who has a passion for joining our vision to eradicate homelessness in the UK. You will want to join the Board of Trustees as an active member to support the Charity to achieve this vision.
This trustee will help us to manage risk for the Charity through our risk register, in two main areas
Please contact [email protected] with an expression of interest.
“Addiction is a disease of isolation; you feel isolated from everybody and even yourself. Reflections is a 26 bed, and we take people with addiction and mental health problems, and we give them a safe space where they can deal with the trauma and deal with the pain and the hurt they have been numbing all their lives. The next problem they have is how do they fit into a society that has shunned them and that hasn’t wanted them, that’s why we partnered with Happydays and in that time they sent 5 people to Reflections for recovery and then we refer them back to Happydays to prevent them from falling back into addiction through not knowing how-to live-in society. Happydays support people at risk of homelessness and give them the skills for employment. They accept people and they guys that have come to Happydays are doing amazingly well, they are flourishing here. Its turned their lives around so its been a really great partnership.”
I was at the salvation army in Bradford, a homeless hostel, they helped me get a flat in Halifax. Independent living didn’t work out and I was given an eviction notice with only 5 days to find somewhere to live. On the last day I met Dave Fawcett at the food bank where I was volunteering, and he offered me a place to stay at Happydays in supported accommodation. Happydays have done so much for me. I got accommodation, support, volunteering opportunities and when I felt ready, they offered me independent living in a move on property where there is light touch support if I need it. I now volunteer at Happydays hub, and I work part time as a caretaker. My life is so different now and I finally feel happy.
My mum passed away, I got into debt, and I lost my property and became homeless. I slept rough at the back of the YMCA for 2 months. Halifax Street Angels looked after me and checked in on me, they brought me a cuppa and a biscuit. A local church supported me to get accommodation and eventually I ended up being housed at Happydays in supported accommodation. Happydays gave me a home, they supported me to sort out benefits and debts, they gave me volunteering and a chance to be part of a community. When I felt ready, they supported me to move on to independent accommodation with light touch support. I am happy now and for once in my life I feel settled.
I became homeless due to a broken relationship and alcohol issues. Debts built up and rent arrears and it became unmanageable. I couldn’t cope anymore, and I turned to crime. I left my home and started sofa surfing. I felt I was getting under people’s feet, so I put my backpack on and went on to the streets. I was sleeping in a cave or under a viaduct for 8 weeks and then one day I decided to climb up to the top of a viaduct and end it all. When I got the top, I suddenly thought, I’m better than this and decided to get help. The council sent me to the gathering place, where I stayed for about 8 weeks, and I was introduced to Dave Fawcett who offered me a room at Happydays. Happydays supported me through a court case and because I was in supported accommodation and the system could see that I was getting my life sorted with Happydays support, I didn’t get a prison sentence. I was so grateful and from that day I decided to work with the Charity and take on their suggestions in a positive way. I was introduced to John who became my mentor. John asked me what I wanted to do in life, and he offered me opportunities and saw potential in me. It was then I became involved in the rucksack appeal. I wanted to help other homeless people by supplying a rucksack, sleeping bags and essentials. I started collecting things from charity shops and eventually they started giving me things free. I was asked to meet with the rotary club, and they asked to partner with me. We have now given 250 rucksacks out and we expect this to continue to rise. The project has been on BBC look North and im proud to be a part of it. I now live in my own private rental under light touch support from Happydays. I am a Charity volunteer and ambassador for Rucksacks for the homeless. I have just done a interview for a monthly rotary club magazine that goes out to Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and I do all kinds of charity events to fundraise such as sleeping rough for the night. My life is so different today. I believe that I was meant to go on this journey to meet all of these lovely people and when anyone looks at me now, I’m smiling!
Gareth grew up in Coventry in foster care and then when he was 19 he moved up to Huddersfield, he had a couple of jobs but was made redundant and then moved to Halifax in 2007 to live with his girlfriend. He was did not suffer from mental health or addiction but found himself street homeless "It was really cold and Christmas time, I lived in an old disused boiler room." Gareth was homeless for 3 months during the Winter months. Joe a former Happydays resident met Gareth who was sat outside Wilkinsons in Halifax town centre and he gave him food. A few days later Gareth moved into one of our properties, to re-build his life. Whilst with us, we helped Gareth land a full time job in Engineering. He now has his own home and got married to Angela six years ago. He has become good friends with his father and brothers again and regularly attends Huddersfield Town FC with his dad. In the future Gareth hopes to create a family and is very happily married... Thank you to Happydays for offering me support at a really difficult time"