The Happiness Hunt

The Happiness Hunt is a creative project connecting primary schools and care homes across Mendip Somerset.

The idea is to connect local primary schools and care homes through creativity and forming new creative pen-friends – all themed on the idea of happiness. And as well as sharing lots of creative things we will be making a short film at the end of the project to document some of the responses and ideas.

The theme of the ‘story’ will be… ‘Where do you find happiness?’ The concept will be in part be an imaginary hunt as well as searching back and forward through the memories, aspirations, and experiences of those involved. We hope it will be revelatory, silly, very Somerset and also offer a deeply personal testimony.


To create this we will be giving each creative partner a Happiness Box. Inside the box will be:

  • A gift to make you think about happiness

  • Some creative materials, craft items and resources to get you started

  • A list of creative challenge responding to the idea of happiness

  • A link to free online creative resources including videos from professional artists

  • A few prompts / props and items to get you thinking further about happiness and the tasks


See Video 1 by Beth Calverley, The Poetry Machine for Care Homes



Beth shares a bit about her work with the Poetry Machine and some ides on how to start writing your first poem about a moment that matters to you! (Photo credit of Beth in action with her Poetry Machine: Amanda Thomas)


See Video 2  by PaddleBoat Theatre Company for Primary Schools





PaddleBoat Theatre Company present The Great British Bake Off - Happiness Cake Week! What ingredients would you include in a happiness cake? How would you mix them together? PaddleBoat share a beautiful video to get local primary schools inspired!




















Artist Claire Evans from Small World animations shares how to create a paper doll of someone you love. Here she re-creates her old teacher Mrs Julian sharing some of the special experiences that they have shared.

As part of the project participants will create images, ideas and visuals to share between groups received by post, developing new creative pen-friends. By sharing these pertinent experiences we hope to develop lasting relationships between these settings and individuals. As part of this we also plan to facilitate some creative conversations between settings.

We will be sharing the journey in a short film.

Partner Schools and Care Homes for the project so far are:


Shepton Mallet: Bowlish Infant School partnered with Field House Care Home


Frome: St John's CofE First School partnered with Rowden House Care Home

Frome: Trinity CofE VC First School partnered with Critchell Court

Glastonbury: St Benedict's CofE VA Junior School partnered with St Benedict's Care Home 

Wells: Horrington Primary School partnered with Torrwood Residential Home

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