In July 2017, Ely became host to Cambridgeshire’s ﬁrst Happy Cafe. It launched with a visit from renowned author and mental health campaigner Rachel Kelly, followed by the ﬁrst of what are now regular Happy Cafe mornings at Julia’s Tearooms on the High Street, held on the ﬁrst and third Wednesdays of each month.
The Happy Cafe concept began in 2014 and there are now nearly 75 venues worldwide. The aim of them is simple, yet far-reaching: to be a friendly and welcoming place to meet other people with a shared interest in promoting happiness and wellbeing. They have been created by supporters of the charity Action for Happiness which works to create a happier world, by giving people the resources and opportunity to improve their own wellbeing and ultimately that of their families, workplaces, schools and wider community. To this end they have produced 10 Keys to Happier Living which are the result of scientiﬁc research into wellbeing and these are the main focus for discussion at Happy Cafe mornings. So far subjects covered include building resilience, developing personal strengths, using a growth mindset, practising gratitude and delivering acts of kindness. The sessions provide lively discussion in a friendly, encouraging and supportive space and new participants are always welcome.
For the future, Happy Cafe volunteers are committed to a sustainable presence in Ely and in addition to our regular Wednesday morning meetings we have the vision to run individual workshops and an evening Happy Cafe.
An 8 week Exploring What Matters course with resources provided by Action for Happiness is also being delivered for the ﬁrst time in April at the Cathedral Conference Centre and the hope is this may become at least an annual event.
Keep in touch at:www.happycafeely.org.uk
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