World Kindness Day is celebrated all over the globe, on 13 November, every year. It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and promote kindness, and people are encouraged to do something kind for someone on the day.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit in March this year, our homes, staff and residents have been overwhelmed by acts of kindness from our local communities and the families of those that live with us.
With our residents still unable to get out into the community, and our homes unable to accept visitors, we thought we would suggest a few different ways you could show our residents they are still in your thoughts this World Kindness Day.
- Send a card – receiving an unexpected note or card in the post is especially delightful and will be a pleasant surprise to your loved one. We’re also part of the Postcards of Kindness Facebook initiative, which sees our residents receive correspondence from people they don’t know; forge new friendships; and make new bonds. This is incredibly important to those residents who don’t have any family or friends to correspond with.
- Create a parcel – while we can’t accept visitors, we can accept parcels from residents’ loved ones, or from the wider community. So, why not create a care package filled with your loved one’s favourite things… It could be a packet of their favourite sweets; a new book by their favourite author; or even a new hot water bottle to keep them snug during the winter months.
- Arrange a call – although we can’t facilitate face to face visits at the moment, we can help facilitate video calls, or telephone calls, so you can keep in touch with your loved one. Brighten their day on 13 November by contacting our homes now and getting your call booked well in advance.
- Paint a picture – if you have little ones, encourage them to get involved too! Ask them to paint or draw a cheerful picture that we can display in our communal lounges. Not only will it provide joy to our residents, but it will also keep your children entertained on a rainy afternoon. You don’t have to be a family member of a resident to do this: we’d be happy to take any drawings from children in our local community.
We hope these ideas have inspired you with some of the ways you can show a little kindness to our residents on World Kindness Day.