Happy House online

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Queenstown’s family support centre Happiness House is reaching out to the community with the help of the internet. 

The not-for-profit organisation, which can’t afford a website, has recently set up a Facebook page thanks to the help of local woman Sofia Robinson. 

A student at Otago Polytechnic’s Centre for Sustainable Practice, Robinson assisted the staff at Happiness House to create an information page on the social networking site. 

It’s not a crisis support tool for families – but offers contact information for those in need of help. 

“If someone needs help, most people go and Google it rather than ask around,” Robinson says. 

“This is a safe information page rather than a support page.” 

It also provides a “what’s on” service for locals, such as letting people know when they’ve got food available through their community market table. 

“It’s fantastic – it brings us up to date with modern technology,” manager Nicki Smith says.