Kind Keynsham campaign to launch with Kindness Day on April 24

Published on: 30 Mar 2017

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Small acts of kindness – from making a friend a cup of tea to helping a stranger who trips in the street – can make a big difference to an individual’s day.

Now the community is being urged to help prove a little kindness can go a long way indeed by getting behind a drive to make Keynsham the first “Kind Town”.

The Kind Keynsham campaign is being launched by Keynsham Action Network and aims to encourage and celebrate those random good deeds that cost little or nothing, tackle the spread of “doom and gloom” and help residents feel connected.

The group is hosting Keynsham Kindness Day on Monday, April 24, from 2pm to 6pm at Somerdale Pavilion with local people joining representatives from a host
of community organisations to learn more about the campaign.

Special guests include business psychologist and compassion expert Harpal Dhatt, who has run “Kindness Cafes” in London and Nepal, young naturalist Mya-Rose Craig, who campaigns against bullying, local children’s author Paris Brosnan and more.

There will also be films by Leon Logothetis, author of The Kindness Diaries, live music from Verdisa and a performance by local schoolchildren who have created a kindness song.

Sarah Fox, a member of Keynsham Action Network, said: “Inspired by national and international kindness and friendship initiatives, we want to start a wave of kindness in our town to help everyone, of all age groups, feel connected  and valued, particularly people who are lonely. We want to generate a town where empathy and compassion are the norm, and that, through a culture of kindness, can become known as a Kind Town.

“In a nutshell, we want to transform society’s ‘doom and gloom’ atmosphere into one of positivity and acceptance.

“We feel this can best be accomplished using a simple strategy that absolutely anyone can be part of: using small acts of kindness. These acts are free and simple to do. Anyone can join in!”

The campaign has adopted yellow as its official colour and is hoping to launch a number of initiatives such as yellow “friendship” benches, yellow wristbands that can be passed on and yellow cushioned areas in local venues.

People can also post about the campaign or acts of kindness they have seen in and around Keynsham on Twitter using the hashtag #kindness_connects.

The project has gained B&NES Supporting Communities and Wellbeing Grant funding from the Quartet Community Foundation and support from Aquaterra, which runs Somerdale Pavilion.

Tickets for Keynsham Kindness Day are available online from Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ keynsham-kindness-daytickets- 33073970135

Find out more about Keynsham Action Network at www.keynshamactionnetwork. co.uk, follow them on Twitter @keynshamaction or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/keynshamactionnetwork

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