Plates of Kindness Competition

Plates of Kindness Competition

Some of the fantastic competition entries we have received

22nd July 2020

Plates of Kindness Competition Calls for the Under 4s and Over 16s.

In celebration of kindness across the county ACTion with Communities in Cumbria - the rural and community development charity for Cumbria - began a creative kindness competition entitled ‘Plates of Kindness’ back in May.

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria has been overwhelmed by the creativity and kindness shown by the entrants and has received over 100 heart-warming entries, from scrummy-looking penguin biscuits, chocolate cakes and vegetable faces; amusing poems and stories; odes to the NHS, key workers, best friends and distant family members; colourful 3D mobiles and mosaics; delicate sewing and intricate drawings. We love them all! Due to popular demand the competition closing date has been extended to 31st July. We would particularly like more entries from kind and creative under four year-olds and adults (over 16 years old).

Lorrainne Smyth, CEO at ACTion with Communities in Cumbria said “I am really pleased to see the range of thoughts and artistic approach to the Plates of Kindness competition. Well worth a visit to our Facebook page for a lift to your mood. The judging will be tough, but I am looking forward to promoting the 10 selected plates. So many kind ideas, it makes me smile, which after all, is what we were trying to achieve”.

The competition theme – ‘Plates of Kindness’ is inspired by the many selfless actions of Cumbrians over recent months. The competition theme also gave a nod of support to the modified Big ‘Virtual’ Lunch for 2020. The Big Lunch is an annual, UK-wide event run by Eden Project Communities - who have kindly sponsored one of the exclusive prizes. The premise is very simple - on the first weekend of June The Big Lunch encourages people to sit down, have a picnic-style lunch with their neighbours and let the conversation begin. Although the physical bringing together of people can’t happen just now, through this competition we can still share a plate, connect and show kindness to each other.

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria is providing support and advice to some of the many community groups providing care and kindness across our communities. This competition aims to celebrate the enormous kindness that many people are showing each other.

The competition is open to children and adults of all ages, is free to enter and there are a variety of prizes to be won including an Eden Project gift, a Reeves art set and book tokens. To enter the ‘Plates of Kindness’ competition please email your photo or video of your plate(s) of kindness, a title or caption, first name, nearest village or town and/or school, and age (if under 16) to:

You can use any creative medium that you choose. You might write a poem or short story about a plate of kindness; draw or paint a plate that shows kindness; create a plate out of modelling clay, papier mâché or fabric; stitch, knit or crochet; sow some seeds and grown some herbs or even veggies; bake a tasty cake or cook a healthy meal for someone. Have a look through the Action with Communities in Cumbria Facebook page to gather some inspiration and ideas. All entries will be displayed on the Facebook page but you don’t need a Facebook account to enter or to view entries.

In less than 100 words please either give your Plate of Kindness a title or provide a caption by telling us some background about it. For example, who you would ideally like to give the plate to (a family member, friend, neighbour, classmate or colleague perhaps).

The important things to remember are: your entry must feature a plate and kindness, but how you interpret the theme is up to you; and stay safe and be kind! Final closing date Friday 31st July 2020. For further information please visit our website at: or find us on Facebook.

Competition details

Poster: Plates of Kindness competition.

Poster: Plates of Kindness competition.

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