ACT surveys, asking people whether they felt part of a neighbourly community, showed an even split in responses; many mention supporting elderly neighbours with odd jobs or shopping, whilst others talk about people being 'stand-offish' and distant.
We'd like to promote and encourage more of the wonderful neighbourly activity going on in communities, and support those who'd like to do more. Neighbourly actions, big or small, all make a difference.
The Neighbourliness Works project will support any community that wants to look at how to build neighbourliness in their area. For more information, or to discuss your ideas, please contact us.
Kind Cumbria Day - 13 November
The Kind Cumbria social media campaign aims to inspire people to be kind to one another and look out for their neighbours. It’s about highlighting all the good things already happening in Cumbria, encouraging others to get involved and think about being more Neighbourly.
On the 13th November it is World Kindness Day, so we’ll be encouraging people to think about random acts of kindness and celebrating this on 13th November with our very special ‘Kind Cumbria Day’
As an organisation think about a random act of kindness you could do for your team members, staff or the public – perhaps visit a care home and take cake, donate some supplies to a school or nursery, do a litter pick in a communal space, volunteer some time, make your team a cup of tea – what can you do to be kind? Let us know what you are planning so we can share it on the 13th, or take a photo and share it yourself using #kindcumbria (so we can see and share it too!)
In the run up to the 13th why not create a “Kindness Wall” in your office or organisation. Encourage visitors, colleagues or the public to write down examples of ways in which they’ve been kind, or how people have been kind to them on a post it note and add it to the wall. Then send us a photo or the comments and we can share on social media to show how kind everyone is in Cumbria.
We are also encouraging the public to think about how they can get involved with our #KindCumbria Day and to come up with their own random acts of kindness. We are inviting them to take a photo and share it online using #kindcumbria (so we can see and share it too!)
All photos shared online using #KindCumbria will be entered into our Photo competition where they could win:
Judging will take place after the 13th November and winners notified. Anyone wanting to enter via email can do so at… email@example.com
We are encouraging other organisations, businesses, charities, community groups and the general public to get involved in the campaign using the hashtag #KindCumbria and sharing what they have been up to in their neighbourhoods and how they have made connections with their neighbours. We would love for anyone to join the campaign by sharing any events, initiatives or activities with us, any photos, case studies or stories of all things neighbourly.
And most importantly - tag us in your posts using: #KINDCUMBRIA OR #KINDCUMBRIADAY
For more information email Lorrainne on LorrainneS@cumbriaaction.org.uk or Lisa on firstname.lastname@example.org
Kind Cumbria Day
Random Acts of Kindness Ideas
Communities across Cumbria are preparing for Village Halls Week – a national celebration of village halls, their volunteers, and the services they offer their communities. This year Village Halls Week runs from Monday 20th to Sunday 26th January, and begins with a launch event at the House of Commons, hosted by Defra Minister Lord Gardiner of Kimble.
Hellen Aitken from Cumbrian community development charity ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) will be attending the launch in London, together with David Anderson, Chairman of Kirkby in Furness Community Centre, one of three Cumbrian halls to recently benefit from funding from the Defra funded Village Hall Improvement Grant.
Members of the Cumbria Village Halls Network got together last week for a free workshop on using websites and social media. The group met in the cosy community room at Dufton Village Hall, using their recently installed broadband. With help from web-designer Phil Guest, the workshop was a whistle-stop tour of what makes a good website and how to make best use of social media for promotion.
The Village Halls Network is a way for committee members and trustees of community buildings across Cumbria to share practical ideas, relevant experience and to ask for help and advice. Members get together periodically, as well as supporting each other remotely.
Not only have the dedicated volunteers at Hunsonby Community Centre raised £300,000 to refurbish their community building, they’ve also been awarded a nationally recognised Hallmark quality standard for good governance.
Ofgem is carrying out a call for evidence for households who are not connected to the electricity distribution network, which we know at ACT is an issue for a significant number of Cumbrian residents
On the 13th November it is World Kindness Day, so as part of the #KindCumbria campaign we’ll be encouraging people to think about random acts of kindness and celebrating this on 13th November with our own very special 'Kind Cumbria Day'. Read more to find out how you can get involved.
The census rehearsal is in full swing and residents are being urged to complete their questionnaires online or at a community hub in Carlisle. The rehearsal will enable the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to test some of the systems and processes it has put in place ahead of the digital-first 2021 Census.
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