Happiness is spreading across Oswestry and Shropshire in 2020, thanks to local woman Katie Millard. Katie who trained with Jo Howarth, founder of The Happiness Club, is a Happiness Trainer, specialising in delivering mindfulness-based Happiness Training to children in schools and groups.

Katie delivers the training sessions one day per week for a period of four weeks in schools, followed by a teacher training session, then a follow-up parents session if required.

So far local schools such as Morda CE Primary School, The Meadows Primary School, Woodside Primary School, West Felton CE Primary School, Bellan House (sponsored by Woodhead Oswestry Sales and Lettings) and Our Lady & Saint Oswald’s Catholic Primary School have all hosted the training for their pupils. Katie is also now branching out into Powys and Herefordshire.

Katie says, “‘Children who are more emotionally resilient and happy are better equipped to deal with the stresses and strains of school, exams and the pressure of achieving good academic grades.

“The techniques I teach the children can be used at any age, and are a real life skill. Another thing I really love about the training is that it is for every child who attends the school; it’s a whole-school approach, which makes it so special.

“I’m really lucky to do what I do, I definitely never get that dreaded ‘Monday morning feeling’ when the new working week begins. I just love every minute of it, especially knowing the techniques make such a difference. My real mission to make Shropshire the happiest county in the UK!”

Head teacher Karen Morris from The Meadows Primary School wrote of Katie’s visit to the school,

“Katie is an amazingly positive person, who radiated happiness from the moment she walked into our school. Her energy and enthusiasm were inspiring and the children had great fun whilst learning some really useful techniques that will be beneficial to them now and in the longer term.

The staff session that followed the children’s sessions, really helped to make sense of the theory behind the tips and techniques that Katie had shared over the preceding four weeks.”

To find out more, email: Katie@thehappinessclub.co.uk or visit the happinessclub.co.uk

Pictured: Katie Millard