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Kindness Counts

In 2019, youth charity Mentoring Plus celebrates 21 years of supporting young people facing challenges across Bath & NE Somerset. To mark this milestone and celebrate National Kindness Day, the charity is announcing our Kindness Counts campaign.

Our youth reps have called for a kinder education system as part of the young people’s manifesto, with flexibility, compassion and resource given to young people facing significant challenges.

This year-long multi arts project by the young people of Mentoring Plus will celebrate how much kindness counts for us all, especially when we are struggling, and give everyone the opportunity to thank those whose kindness has really counted.

The project, in our 21st year, will include a community event, collective art installation and digital publication curated by young people through the written word and visual arts, and will share young people’s experience of kindness in education and beyond, as well as their thoughts about being kind to ourselves.

Why celebrate kindness?

We know from our work with schools that there are some incredibly inspiring figures in our education and young people’s sector. Our young people tell us that kindness is such a vital quality, making all the difference in difficult times.

A kinder education system is part of our Young People’s Manifesto, and we want their voices to be heard by celebrating the value of kindness among the people who help them.

At a time when the education sector is under unprecedented pressure from budget cuts and attainment targets, we want the transformative and cost-free quality of kindness to be applauded from the roof tops.

Why now?

For 21 years, our trained and supported community volunteers have provided time, space and positive activities to 7-21 year olds struggling with anxiety, family difficulties, problems in school and poor mental wellbeing.

As we reach our 21st birthday, the charity is securing its community hub premises to provide a space for more vulnerable young people to access support. We’re delivering a new Council-commissioned programme supporting students in school and their families, responding to demand for staff CPD in schools to help support students facing difficulties, and building a strategic partnership with Bath Spa Faculty for Education.

2019 is the perfect time to work with young people, fellow professionals, schools and volunteers in our community to celebrate kindness.

What happens next?

We’re really delighted to have the support of the Bath chapter of generosity network Good For Nothing (GFN) in helping us plan, promote and deliver Kindness Counts over the next 12 months, so watch this space for more news.

Meanwhile, if you have comments, suggestions, or would like to help, please email volunteering@mentoringplus.net.