At Ideas Test we work a lot within different communities, which means we’re lucky enough to see acts of kindness being performed all the time: from artists kindly sharing their expertise and resources at drop-in workshops to participants encouraging friends to attend our events. Sometimes strangers are even kind enough to share tips with each other on how to get the best out of any given workshop. This is what makes celebrating kindness so great – it’s easy to do and there’s really no limit on it. Kindness cannot be capped. So we’re excited to announce that we are teaming up and joining in with National Kindness Day, which is celebrated on November 13th in the UK and beyond.
Now, more than ever, the call for kindness is particularly strong. The occurrence of many unfortunate global tragedies is a real and pressing concern but after each of these devastating events comes an outpouring of kindness, which is always so heartwarming to see. But if there are people performing these giant acts of kindness, will a little act or a little pledge even make a difference? The answer is always an overwhelming YES. There are so many ways to be kind: to others, to communities, to nature and to the environment. It could be as simple as not letting the water run while you brush your teeth, donating old clothes to a charity shop, smiling at people who serve you in a restaurant or giving up your time to volunteer locally. (If volunteering in either Swale or Medway is something of interest to you, why not pop over to the Swale CVS or Medway Voluntary Action websites to see what you can get involved with!)
Kindness Day UK was set up in 2010 and aims to increase the value of kindness in society by increasing the acts of kindness completed nationwide. It’s never too little or too late to join in. We can all benefit from receiving reminders to be kind from time to time; when we’re stressed, tired or angry, when we’ve had a sad day or a bad day kindness can be the furthest thing from our minds. But let’s face it, the only thing that can actually make you unkind is by being unkind. So, if making something to remind yourself (and others you live and work with) to be kind results in even more kindness being shared out, then making the reminder is already worth it.
So, as part of our pledge here at Ideas Test we’ll be running Be Kind art workshops in the local community and in a few local schools, too. All of these activities have been made possible thanks to the support of Optivo and we are very grateful for their kind and generous funding. You can discover what else Optivo do in the community by visiting their website. We will be running four community workshops with limited spaces across October and November – find out if any of them are happening near you by checking the list below. Be kind to yourself and spend some time being creative!
- Wednesday 25th October – Castle Connections, Queenborough
10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
- Saturday 28th October – Rose Street Cottage, Sheerness
- Wednesday 1st November – Sheppey Matters, Sheerness
- Saturday 4th November – Sheppey Gateway, Sheerness High Street
You can also drop into No34 and join in with a Be Kind craft activity until November 13th. You can make your own Be Kind sign or follow some instructions and create either a Kindness Constellation or a Be Kind Earth Sign. As there can never be too much kindness, on Saturday 18th November we will also be running a fantastic kindness zine making activity, so make sure you drop into No.34 for that!
If you can’t make it to any of the Be Kind community workshops but still want to make your mark, you could head over to Kindness UK and pledge your own act of kindness. People United have been spearheading the making of Be Kind signs, so you could also visit their website to see all the great work they’ve been doing ahead. Why not invent your own Be Kind sign and use the hashtag #BeKindSigns to share your creation with People United. We’ve also listed a few easy acts with the help of Kindness UK that you can do ever so easily – what’s stopping you!
- Remember to recycle.
- Compliment someone.
- Have a meat-free Monday.
- Buy or bake somebody a treat.
- Turn the lights off when you’re the last to leave a room.
- Tag a friend on Instagram or Twitter and thank them for being kind.
- Tell someone you live or work with that you’re proud of one of their recent achievements.
- Send a thank you text to a friend, colleague or family member who’s helped you out recently.
Why not let us know if you’re going to try any of these small act of kindness for this year’s World Kindness Day by getting in touch via our social media platforms. Let us know @ideastest on Twitter and at facebook.com/ideastest