Published: 31st May 2019

Reclined on a summer deck chair in Haptivate’s Camden studio, discussing breathing techniques with the company’s co-founders, James Pacey and Rosa Connor, it’s easy to see why housing association One Housing approached them to run wellbeing workshops for their tenants. Haptivate aims to go beyond the usual CV writing and interview skills classes traditionally seen as the gateway into employment, which although useful, don’t necessarily do much for other critical functions such as confidence, self-esteem and happiness. Haptivate now operates a wellbeing training centre at Arlington House, the UK’s largest homeless hostel, offering wellbeing workshops for One Housing tenants and staff as well as targeted workshops for the unemployed to lead happier and healthier lives. Normalising wellbeing One Housing, who manage 17,000 properties across the capital, approached Haptivate after seeing Rosa’s work teaching mindfulness on housing estates. Her sessions were initially met with some scepticism. ‘I’d say to young people, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)