Healthy n Happy - South Lanarkshire
Healthy n Happy was established by local people in 2002 as a Healthy Living Initiative, and has since developed into the community development trust for Cambuslang and Rutherglen. The work they do helps to save lives, improve lives and make Cambuslang and Rutherglen better places to live for everyone and they have a vision to see Cambuslang and Rutherglen as the healthiest and happiest places to live in Scotland.
As a community owned organisation governed by local people, Healthy n Happy works to provide opportunities for local people to actively improve their lives and the places where they live, work and play. In addition to the trust’s extensive core health and wellbeing initiatives, there are a range of additional added value activities.
These include: CamGlen Community Radio station; community work including engagement and capacity building; a social enterprise arm; and CamGlen Bike Town, consisting of improvements in cycling infrastructure, training in cycling and bike repair as well as guided cycle rides and lots more.
Over the last 14 years Healthy n Happy has grown and developed successfully, with a high degree of local support, both from local people, from across sectors and funders and have gained national and international recognition for their work. They have their feet firmly on the ground and are clearly guided by their core values and purpose. Each year, over 6,000 local people take part in the organisation’s work, which is delivered across up to 60 different local venues. Healthy n Happy now has 30 staff, a bank of around 30 sessional workers and 241 volunteers over the last year with the vast majority of staff and volunteers being local residents. In June 2012 Healthy n Happy became a Community Development Trust which supported the need for a broader role the organisation in supporting the health and wellbeing of local communities in Cambuslang and Rutherglen. In early 2016 the board were recognised for taking this decision by winning a UK Charity Governance Award for 'Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk.'