Sunday, 10 July 2011

Random Acts Of Kindness Event In Nottingham July 16

One year ago a small group of people who work in the community development sector in Nottingham came together to do something to encourage local people to treat others better and generally spread compassion, empathy and happiness around the city. They decided to hold a Random Acts of Kindness Event in Nottingham which will take place at St Peters Square in the city centre from 9am-9pm and aims to inspire local residents to do one small thing to make a difference to another person that day.

"Random Acts of Kindness events aren't new but we think this is the first time one has been done in Nottingham," explains a spokesperson from the In Kind group who are organising the 12 hour event. "We're going to spend the day shaking hands, saying hello and smiling at people and hope that we can inspire people to go home and be nicer to their neighbours and partners. There will also be music, cakes, balloons and sweets we'll be giving away for fun too but we do want to emphasize the day is more about giving rather than just freebies! Kindness and happiness are also contagious and have been scientifically proven to be good for us and others, whilst kindness, compassion and altruism are associated with protecting our hearts and healthy immunity and increasing wellbeing and workplace performance."

Confidentially, we're very excited about this event and we will be covering local acts of kindness live on our Twitter account, so feel free to get in touch and tell us what you get up to! For ideas for your own random acts of kindness check out

More information about the Nottingham In Kind group and the event can be found on their website

1 comment:

  1. Just got back from doing the Random Acts of Kindness event in the city centre. What an absolutely gob-smackingly brilliant, positive, life-affirming, beautiful experience.

    The people we met today were open, accepting and remarkable. Steve the City Council street sweeper, the manager of the Halifax Bank, the manager of Sainsbury's, staff at M & S and everyone to whom we gave a free hug, balloon, cake or just a smile.

    Thankyou very much.

    Nottingham deserves to be the UK's first city of compassion.


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