Earlier this year, we were approached by a Girlguiding group who were interested in the work we do and wanted to get involved in some way. Together, we decided that writing ‘Messages of Kindness’ to our gift bag recipients would be an ideal activity for the Guides. 

Our Small Acts of Kindness team we were blown away by the beautifully hand written messages and pictures. It is heart warming to read their messages and clear they had spent time thinking about others who may be lonely and isolated. We are hugely thankful for their time and kindness.

Sue from the 3rd Welwyn Garden City Guides told us, “It was a really lovely activity to do. They were all really enthusiastic and as you can see, some of them wrote multiple messages. In an age where so much communication is via digital means, it was lovely to see them taking care to write clearly and to decorate their messages.  I was also really touched by the lovely sentiments some of them expressed – especially those girls who find engaging with others a challenge. Writing the messages also prompted some of the girls to talk about how they interact with their own grandparents or taking part in activities such as filling shoeboxes at Christmas for less fortunate children.”

Last week, we re-launched our ‘Help us to reduce loneliness with Messages of Kindness’ campaign in support of Mental Health Awareness Week and we have had a wonderful response. These messages, together with those from the Girlguides, will soon be making their way to vulnerable older people who may not have any family or friends and will really appreciate this personal connection to their community.

If you would like to leave a Message of Kindness please click here or if are from a group that would be interested in working with us please get contact Cassie [email protected]

Thank you