To celebrate World Kindness Day on Monday 13th November 2017 People United has given away ten LED neon ‘be kind’ signs across the UK including: a hospital on the Isle of Bute, Scotland; a Girlguiding group in Merseyside; a community cafe in Wiltshire; and a library in East Yorkshire.
The ten lucky recipients of the neon signs applied to People United describing how they would use the ‘be kind’ sign on World Kindness Day and what kindness challenges they would give themselves. This includes:
Paintings in Hospitals based on Southwark Street, London applied to the ‘be kind’ campaign after the June 2017 terrorist attack at Borough Market.
Their sign, which will be visible both inside and outside, will be suspended in one of the large Southwark Street windows in the landmark Menier Chocolate factory. The street sees between 1,500/2,500 cars pass every hour and approximately 1,500 people per hour walk by. They said:
“We would like to offer a small reminder to the thousands of people who pass our window that this is the kind of place where we look after each other.”
Their challenge is to thank all their supporters, care partners, artists and donors and their colleagues for their hard work. They’ll also be thanking the community around them who support them every day.
The Olive Tree Community Café in Swindon, a busy, vibrant community cafe which provides meaningful work opportunities for people recovering from mental health illnesses, will display their sign behind the cafe counter reminding staff and customers to ‘be kind’.
Their challenge will be to celebrate kindness with some beautiful art work, specific messages around the café to encourage small acts of kindness and a kindness pot where volunteers can issue an act of kindness such as giving a free coffee. Up to 1,400 customers a week will see the sign.
The ten locations where you can see one of People United’s LED neon ‘be kind’ signs are:
- Paintings in Hospitals at London Bridge
- The Olive Tree Community Café in Swindon, Wiltshire
- 2nd Rainford Rainbows Girlguiding hut in Merseyside
- NHS Highlands on the Isle of Bute, Scotland
- New Writing South an arts organisation in Brighton, East Sussex
- Northwick Primary School in Canvey Island, Essex
- Hull Libraries, East Yorkshire
- Rhymney Library in South Wales
- artist and author Bernadette Russell, Deptford, London
- Kent Children’s University in Maidstone, Kent.
Alongside the ten LED neon ‘be kind’ signs there will be many other ‘be kind’ posters and pictures being displayed by individuals, groups and organisations on World Kindness Day. Look out for them taped to front doors, placed in office windows and attached to fences. Join the be kind revolution yourself, with free ‘be kind’ posters and customisable templates available here.
To make the ‘be kind’ campaign spread far and wide, People United asks those who have made their own sign, or sees one of their special giveaway neon signs, to share it on social media by tagging @people_united #BeKindSigns on Instagram Twitter and Facebook.
We think kindness is radical- read our new research report Changing the World through Arts and Kindness