LGBTQIA+ Creative Wellbeing: The Happiness Project (2021)

As part of our Happiness Project, Pilot collaborated with Mindfulness and Movement practitioner and director of Queer Space Bristol, Lizzie Wiggs, to put together a Creative Wellbeing Toolkit for Everyday Life, with and for the  LGBTQIA+ community aged 18 – 26. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions the workshops were held online. This was a free offer.

Over six weekly sessions starting February 4th 2021 Lizzie will work with participants to explore all things creativity and wellbeing and how we can better identify and support our self-care needs. These are practical and creative sessions in a supportive, and gently paced environment.

Each session explored the science and the practicing of different self care tools, from mindfulness techniques, to creative writing and journaling, the benefits of being in nature, ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ and more, to find out what works for us as individuals.

At the end of the six weeks we put together a Creative Wellbeing Toolkit for Everyday Life documenting participants’ discoveries, reflections and top tips so that it can be a useful and inspiring resource for other LGBTQIA+ people and organisations.

This course took place online over 6 consecutive weeks on Thursday evenings from 7.30 – 9 pm. Each participant was sent a box of creative activities, with a task to explore each week between sessions.

For more information about the project or the final Toolkit please email

This project has been made possible through support from City of York Council Cultural Wellbeing Grant and Make It York.