Light Box is a not for profit Community Interest Company and it’s current project, ‘The Happiness Project’, is run by three staff members and a large team of volunteers.
Light Box has worked with a variety of support services in Bristol such as Second Step Housing Association, Bristol Drugs Project and Chandos House and has received the support of NHS Bristol, Bristol City Council, UnLtd, The Arts Council, Lankelly Chase Foundation, and most recently, The Big Lottery Fund, who fund the current 3-year Happiness Project through its Reaching Communities Fund. Local retail estate managers have donated premises in the city centre from where the project is run.
Light Box’s Happiness Project is bringing Signposting Service and Happiness Workshops to Bristol. The workshops advocate intentional actions (see here for a list of our different workshops) and a step-by-step approach to investment in wellbeing. These actions have been found to make a significant and positive difference to levels of wellbeing.
The three facilitators of the Happiness Project are not psychologists, psychotherapists or councellors, they are artists with a keen interest in enhancing positive mental health and improving communities. Two of the facilitators have had 5 years experience in leading this work. The science-based approach which The Happiness Project takes is made possible by the consultation of Bristol based Positive Psychologist Miriam Akhtar.
The Light Box vision
A world where people value mental wellbeing, creating strong and happy lives.
The Light Box Mission
We are passionately committed to advancing people’s strength and happiness. We deliver creative workshops from the vibrant Light Box shop that motivate investment in wellbeing. We are raising awareness that mental health exists on a continuum on which we are all placed.
The Light Box values
Creativity: All humans are inherently creative. This is where our power lies.
Health: An innovative, proactive approach with emphasis on prevention.
Playfulness: We value playfulness as an essential element of boom.
Evidence: We demonstrate our outcomes and apply the research findings of Positive Psychology.
The Community Interest company Light Box is directed and managed by the two founders Lucy Barfoot and Lucy Duggan. Ava Maginnis provides administration support and is a facilitator of the workshops. The current project, The Happiness Project is supported by a team of volunteers, the project couldn’t run without the energy and ideas the volunteers bring. For information on becoming a volunteer, please click here
Social Contagion Theory: The inspiration behind Light Box
This theory is evidenced by Harvard Medical Sociologist Nicholas Christakis.
Our moods, habits and behaviours don’t stop with us. They are passed unconsciously through social networks for up to three degrees of separation. This means they affect not only the people that we come into contact with, but also the people that they come into contact with and then the people that they come into contact with also.
So our level of well-being affects people we may never even meet, and in this way we hold a lot of power. When we invest in our own happiness we are also investing in the happiness of the community and society we live in.
The workshops are free and are for the general public, aged 16 and over.
Light Box also provides fully subsidised closed group 6-week courses for support services, working specifically with vulnerable adults.
We’ve tried to cover all frequently asked questions here. Please do leave a question in the comments if we haven’t covered it.
The Light Box ran a public pilot in 2011. To view our Pilot Project Report in .PDF format, click HERE