Children and Young People Service - Acts of Kindness

Thursday 21 May 2020

Children and Young People Service - Acts of Kindness

To celebrate the theme of kindness for Mental Health Awareness week 2020, we’d like to take the opportunity to share some acts of kindness that our families have experienced or have shared with others.

Protecting our mental health during the coronavirus pandemic is hugely important and finding ways to cope with not only the physical but the psychological and social impact can be a challenge.

The Mental Health Foundation defines kindness as: “Doing something towards yourself and others motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference”.

We have seen so many fantastic examples of how kindness has spread around our communities and the impact it can have on strengthening relationships, reducing isolation and sharing a sense of belonging. Small acts of kindness by individual’s in our community and all around the country can give us a sense of hope when it can feel difficult to feel optimistic.

This is Poppy and Finn. Poppy was worried about travelling in the car to the hospital in Oxford with her daddy who is shielding, so one of their lovely friends made both children facemasks.

They’ve both also painted rainbows for the hospice and local hospital to show their support as well as shopping for neighbours and friends in isolation.

 

Grace told us about how she had sorted through her books and donated her Jacqueline Wilson books to donate to another family to help them during lockdown

Another of our families baked this amazing cake to support a local paramedic that they know, as well as making some scrub bags for him to use when removing his uniform

It is equally important to be kind to ourselves. Becoming skilled at being kind to ourselves is a double-whammy – it has a positive effect on our own physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and then extending it to others becomes commonplace.

Children can feel under more pressure than ever, so how can we help them with their emotional wellbeing. Research shows that when we’re kind to others not only does it boost the receiver’s well-being; it tends to have the same effect on our wellness. Children can be kind in predictable or anticipated ways (for instance, holding the door open for a stranger) but researcher John-Tyler Binfet has identified “quiet kindness” which can take many forms. During this time of staying at home it might be simple as ‘not leaving my stuff laying on the floor’ or ‘playing with my brother more, when mum isn’t feeling well’. Or sharing space more mindfully with those that we live with.

Not all kindness needs to be bold acts of heroism, most kindness is spread from the small actions we can share with those around us.

Kindness is a win-win for wellbeing.

Although we are not operating in the usual way during these uncertain times, we are still here to help and support should we be needed. We also continue to take new referrals, if you would like to make a referral please call 01789 266852 or visit https://www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk/childrensbereavementhowtorefer. 

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