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ECHO's Happiness Hub

Welcome to ECHO’s Happiness Hub

The Happiness Hub is a place to share uplifting, interesting and fun activities, videos and stories to help make you feel calm…and happy!

This is a stressful time for many of us, managing our own and our family’s wellbeing due to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We hope our Happiness Hub will help people to find distraction and amusement and to relax at a time when we all need to do just that. 

We aim to share interactive activities, uplifting videosfun challenges and positive stories which you and your family can take part in and enjoy from the comfort of your home. We all need to try to maintain calm and kindness to best support our children and families and navigate through this period in our lives.  

Join with us – take part and and share what you are doing to create happiness by tagging us @echoukcharity on social media. We would love to showcase some of your activities on this page, to inspire other families.

Here are some of our favourite free, accessible resources for grown-ups and children to enjoy while at home. Let us know any others you and your family are enjoying!

Wellbeing resources

Videos

Child-Friendly Ways to Address COVID-19

Need some help talking to your kids about COVID-19? Julia Pettiecord, a child life specialist at NYU Langone, helps explain the pandemic in child-friendly terms. Watch as she and PJ discuss handwashing, what shelter in place means for children, and why children are staying home from school.

‘We All Have Mental Health’

We All Have Mental Health is an animation designed to give young people aged 11-14 a common language and understanding of what we mean by mental health and how we can look after it.

Activities

Resources to boost your child’s wellbeing

Download and print these fun wellbeing activities resources, from the Partnership for Children. The activities takes around 10 minutes each and covers a range of themes including: feelings, staying connected, dealing with change, getting along, dealing with worries and relaxing.

Information

Helping children cope with stress during COVID-19

Advice from the World Health Organisation on how to help your children cope with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NHS: Your mental health during Coronavirus

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. Check out this expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Our Latest #ECHOHappinessHub Videos

We’re sharing videos from individuals and projects to inspire you to get moving, get arty and get learning, including:

  • Messages from our patrons, team and ambassadors
  • Dance & exercise tutorials from professionals
  • Plus more to come!

Happy Art Challenge

Get your pens, pencils, paints, glitter and stickers out…it’s a crafty challenge! Our Patron, Phil, (who many of you will recognise as a crafts extraordinare children’s presenter Mr Maker!) is launching our new happiness picture project and is asking everyone to:

Make a HAPPY piece of art  – a drawing of things which make you happy – or write a happy message to share with others, and put it in your window for others to see! Take a photo of it and share with us including the hashtag #ECHOHappinessHub.