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?
Community Members sign up for the Challenge and attend workshops to learn how to cultivate wellbeing within themselves and others
The Wellbeing Workshops support participants through the process of Learning, Living, and Embedding ways to wellbeing through the lens and practice of kindness using the PERMA framework (Seligman 2011). They also discover their strengths, talents and here, are taught about positive psychology and neuroscience to promote wellbeing.
Participants practice kindness and action their learning by lifting the wellbeing of others
Participants are supported to activate and apply their learning through assisting someone in need, within their local community. They are asked to record their journey (by taking pictures, writing a reflection etc.), so that these can be shared and savoured at the Expo.
Community Kindness Expo
Here, everyone comes together to share and celebrate their stories, creating the opportunity to reflect, savour and showcase to other members of the community the benefits and opportunities for wellbeing through connected, kind communities.
What’s the benefit of a Community Kindness Challenge?
An opportunity to meet others in your community and together increase your knowledge & deepen your understanding, to consciously notice & tap into the many benefits of kindness for yourself, your family and friends and our community at large
- 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