We provide interactive training workshops, focusing on many aspects of inclusion, equality and diversity. Our training is uniquely facilitated by our Inclusion Champions - young adults who experience disability on a daily basis.
Happy Smiles Training CIC is a non-profit training provider, set up with the aim of creating inclusive communities, by empowering disabled young adults to deliver awareness and inclusion training across schools, community groups, businesses and more. In the past two years, we have delivered training to over 3500 children, young people and adults, and been recognised for two national awards. Over 75% of our team is made up of people with direct lived experience of disability and 100% of our audiences have recommended our training. You can see more about our work at www.happysmilestraining.co.uk and on social media:
When Covid-19 hampered our in-person delivery in schools, I wanted to find another way to positively impact children and young people. This led to the production of a children's book, 'My Grandma Has Dementia', inspired by my grandma who lived with dementia
The book was successfully crowdfunded and released at the start of 2021. It has since sold hundreds of copies worldwide, been recognised as a best-selling children's book on Amazon and won a Dementia Hero Award 2021. This sparked a series of books, raising awareness for children and young people about a range of long-term health conditions, including depression, cancer and tourettes. My second book, 'My Uncle Has Depression' was featured on ITV, which you can see here:
All profits directly support the work of Happy Smiles.
You can see more information about the books on:
Ormiston Chadwick Academy, Widnes:
We delivered a 2-hour Resilience workshop to 220 students aged 11-12, to accompany their Every Child Matters & British Values curriculum.
“It gives a new meaning to disability.” Student
Wigan 7th Beavers:
We spent three 1-hour sessions working with 21 children aged 5-7 on their Disability Awareness badges.
“The group learned so much in a fun way. Excellent sessions. Fabulous Team!” Beavers Leader
Embrace Wigan & Leigh:
We worked with a local charity on four 1-hour workshops based on Dating & Relationships for 20 young adults with a range of disabilities.
“Having a trainer with disabilities was invaluable for our awardees, who rarely see role models with disabilities.” General Manager
Southport & Ormskirk Hospital, NHS Trust:
We delivered a 1-hour CPD session on ‘Supporting Patients with Cerebral Palsy’ to over 30 Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.
“Highly professional training on such a personal level – extremely beneficial!” Physiotherapist
St Brendan’s RC Primary School, Bolton:
We provided interactive, awareness assemblies to over 200 children aged 4-11, whilst developing an inclusion project with their school council.
"A fun, child-friendly way to spread such an important message! My class of 4 & 5 year olds came away vibrant and knowledgeable about different abilities and the importance of using their own." Teacher
We worked with 16 members of council support staff on a 2-hour workshop, based on Managing Positive Risk when providing care.
“Great to bring real life into training. Powerful. Interactive. Fun.” Support Staff Member
Formby High School, Liverpool:
We spent 2 hours with a group of 35 young leaders, aged 11-16, introducing them to a range of inclusive sports and activities.
“It made me think differently about how anyone can play sport.” Student