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Random acts of kindness - ideas

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Mental Health Awareness Week starts today and this year’s theme is ‘kindness.’

There have been some amazing acts of kindness across the world and especially closer to home in Derby during the current pandemic. Everything from people offering their time to volunteer to people taking the time to ask others if they are ok. From generous donations of food and money to support local food hubs to corporate donations of toys and games for local families. An act of kindness - big or small - can make the difference between someone having a good or bad day.

Join in with a random act of kindness - not sure how?

Here are 20 random acts of kindness for you to try! Let us know how they go – you can tweet with the hashtag #communitykindness

  1. Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
  2. Arrange to have a virtual cup of tea and catch up with someone you know
  3. Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call
  4. Tell someone you know that you are proud of them
  5. Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them
  6. Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling
  7. Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
  8. Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal (if they like animals!)
  9. Send an inspirational quote to a friend
  10. Send an interesting article to a friend
  11. Call friends, family or neighbours experiencing loneliness or self-isolation
  12. Donate to a charity
  13. Call a colleague and ask how they’re finding the change in routine
  14. Arrange to have a video lunch with a colleague, family member, and friend
  15. Donate to a foodbank
  16. Offer to skill share with a friend via video call - you could teach guitar, dance etc.
  17. Offer support to vulnerable neighbours
  18. Look at volunteering within your local area.
  19. Try and share positive stories of kindness on social media.
  20. Cook a meal for a neighbour - remember to social distance to keep safe.

For support around wellbeing or to get involved email Staywell Derby.