April 2, 2020

Kindness strengthens connections and creates a sense of community, in turn it nurtures hope, resilience and positivity. During this challenging time of uncertainty, physical distancing and social isolation, intentional acts of kindness are having a radically positive impact on our lives.

“We need to think about kindness more than ever, not just as something soft and warm, but as something radical, strong and brave.” – Janice McGuinness. Taking Care, The Art of Kindness

At People United we cannot physically be in our office or working with Kent communities right now, but we still want to do what we can to make connections, spark creativity and celebrate kindness.

To do this we’re launching ‘Kind Canterbury’ a collaborative project that will grow and evolve over the next few months. We will be working with artists to think and create with the people of Canterbury- including Herne Bay, Whitstable and the more rural parts of the district – exploring themes around hope, creativity and care.

This project was going to be about getting out and about, creating interactive activities, events and arts-based visual prompts to explore the positive impact that place and environment can have on our behaviour. Sadly, because of the current situation with COVID-19, we can no longer do this.

However, we are working hard to adapt it so that you can take part from home instead and who knows, maybe more people will get involved this way, using it as a creative spur – a prompt for reflection, alone or with your household – or even as a home-schooling activity.

The current coronavirus emergency has prompted individuals, communities and institutions to show great kindness and act with true altruism. We first want to celebrate this, and then we want to hear your ideas about how we can all keep the momentum going beyond the crisis.

Next week we will kickstart Kind Canterbury by inviting you to take part in ‘My Happy Memory’, which blossomed from People United’s activities at Tate, as part of their Tate Exchange programme last year. We’re delighted that our associate artist, Nova Marshall, has agreed to come back and lead this project that will encourage you to capture the acts of kindness and everyday heroes doing wonderful things across our local communities, and from your thoughts and images, create a celebratory artwork.

This is just the start. We’re planning more ways for you to get creative and get involved with Kind Canterbury as we continue adapting the project to this new landscape. So please make sure you are following People United on  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with new opportunities and to be the first to join in with ‘My Happy Memory’ next week.

If you have any questions about Kind Canterbury, please contact Becky, Creative Programmes Coordinator at [email protected]

Photos on this page of Canterbury: 
Kate Olfans & Alex Boschmans, Unsplash

Photos on this page from People United events:
Jason Pay, Becky Vincer and Stacie Lee Bennett-Worth


Kind Canterbury is funded & supported by:


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