What is the Community Kindness Challenge?
'In the absence of kindness, we suffer. In its presence, we flourish'
- Dowrick, Stephanie.
'We have taken what we know from experience, combined it with research and created a tangible process for learning wellbeing through brokering community kindness. This is not random kindness, this is intentional, meaningful kindness that responds to real community need, building sustainable community connection.'
- Marie McLeod, Founder of The Community Kindness Company
How does the Community Kindness Challenge Work?
- The Challenge begins with a series of short workshops, teaching participants the evidence based strategies for well being drawn from the fields of Positive Psychology and Neurosciences
- Participants will be encouraged to Learn, Live, and Embed mental well being through the lens and practice of kindness
- They will be matched with a REQUEST FOR KINDNESS from their local community. In responding to this request, they lift not only their own wellbeing, but that of the recipient, creating a ripple effect of community compassion and connection
- REQUESTS FOR KINDNESS are made by authorized local service providers who make the request on behalf of a client/consumer or a member of the community (the RECIPIENT)
The Community Kindness Challenge is delivered collaboratively with Local Government and other local service providers enabling reach to the width and depth of the community. The Challenge can be tailored to target specific needs such as homelessness, youth, parents, or a specific community of interest.
Looking for a creative way to cultivate community kindness and connection in your local community whilst also sharing evidence based ways to build well-being? This is it. You can DO good and FEEL good when you support the Community Kindness Challenge.
The CKC works with organisations to create 'activating hubs for community well being' e.g. schools, local government, corporate, neighborhood houses, Not for Profits and provides a program to make this happen.
What’s the benefit of a Community Kindness Challenge?
- Teach evidence based well-being through an action learning project.
- Connect communities, decreasing isolation and loneliness.
- Increase volunteerism and compassion in communities and corporate.
- Improve individual, family and community health and well-being.
- Providing brokerage between those wanting to give and those doing it tough.
Why a Community Kindness Challenge?
- We have rising rates of mental illness and suicide is now the biggest killer of our young people.
- Research indicates that wellbeing practices can and should be taught and doing so may inoculate against depression, anxiety and suicide.
- The World Health Organisation predicts loneliness and social isolation as the next big risk to our health.
- Community members lack pathways to perform meaningful acts of kindness - to “give back” into the community, but are yearning to do so.
- Supporting vulnerable members of the community through acts of kindness
Frequently asked questions
How can I make a request for Kindness?
Click the 'Request Kindness' tab and email the coordinator to become an authorised Requester. You will then receive an email response authorising you and login details to make the request on the behalf of someone in need.
How can I participate?
You can become involved either by attending a Community Kindness Challenge or becoming a Community Giver (which enables you to be matched with Requests for Kindness in your community). Either way, please complete the Participant sign up form. You will be requested to pay a joining fee, or a workshop fee which allows us to provide the Kindness brokerage service.
Thanks for joining the Kindness Tribe!
How can we HOST a Community Kindness Challenge?
The Community Kindness Company partners with community organisations, schools, corporates etc. to HOST the Community Kindness Challenge. We establish a Kindness HQ that becomes an activating hub of well-being in the hosts community. We then partner with local service providers to elicit Requests for Kindness.
The CKC can be tailored to specific needs e.g. youth, homelessness, mental illness, schools, families and is always made relevant for specific organisational and/or demographic contexts.