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About UP

The UP is a Not for Profit Organisation 122-357 NPO, founded in 2003. UP is an arts for health humanitarian organisation, committed to bringing UPliftment and extra care to sick & traumatised children in communities, homes & hospitals. Sharing joy sUPports their well-being & recuperation. For 13 years The UP’s been actively building, sharing and inspiring joy… (Care Clowning, laughter, play, our kindness – jest for the fun of it – that’s UP), WE are all joy catalysts creating healthier happier humanKIND.

WE ARE CO-CREATING a GLOBAL JOY MOVEMENT! We inspire people around the world to step-up, be humanKIND and spread loVe & joy.

Currently we are bringing joy, love and emotional UPlifment to over 3000 children every month & with over a decade of sharing joy behind UP, we’ve extended our UPliftment to include joyful schools too.

Nowadays our joy catalysts range from school going children to adults, some are even pensioners. We inspire & train UP all who’re keen to share their hearts and creativity and all are invited to step UP & share joy.

We even offer joy to corporations and you can book a joy-speaker/facilitator/catalyst for your next team build, strategy session or corporate event. You can also join UP and support any of our annual community events around South Africa and take part in our global campaigns spread joy and happiness. Currently we have 2 Joy campaigns – #ARK (inspiring folk to do Acts of Remarkable Kindness) and #HULA4LOVE (co-creating Circles of LoVe around the world) and pretty soon we will launch #JOYONLINE (an online video with tips and tools to sustain joy in these shifting times).

Our cheerlady

Nicola Jackman is the founder of The UP – a YAY Saying SOULution orientated, catalyst of joy, author and performing HEARTist. She’s been actively inspiring thousands to live joyfully since she launched her #JoyMoVement in 2003. As an actress, a global ambassador of kindness, one of Glamour Magazines “Women of the Year” for 2013 and a Naledi nominated actress in 2015; She’s become a popular MC choice for conferences and corporations as she travels internationally enthusing joyous delight. Nicola spends her time touring with MAfrika and facilitating fun & joy, delivering joy talks, performance heart pieces and she also sUPports training of other joy catalysts, care clowns, care givers, trainers and many others around Southern Africa. She creates playful, laughter filled spaces for people of ALL ages to have fun whilst they transform fear into loVe and she has inspired thousands into giggling & joyful possibility, innovation and solution orientation.