Knowle West Wishes of Kindness

Kind things to do

Have you found the Kindness star?

This star is a big gold medal on a blue ribbon. It says ‘Kindness Wins’ and it is in the window of Knowle West Health Park. The blue arrow points to a trail of blue bows on the pavement and more blue bows tied around fences and trees. The ribbon we used is made of paper so it won’t hurt the environment. Along the way we have made some games for you to play. If you find bows you can let us know by using the hashtag #knowlewestwishes

Grab some free Kindness

Look out for loads of kind ideas from Julian Wood around Knowle West. There are free compliments, packages of kindness and little kind flags.

Print off your own take a compliment poster here

Nominate someone to get a Nurture Package

An example of a Nurture Package from The Art of Kindness

Artist Julian Wood hand makes Nurture Packages to give to people who need reminding of how amazing they are. Each package is unique and includes a variety of things. You will get kindness flags, a handmade work of kindness art and some Lovehearts. You might also get a poem from a local poet Beth Calverley, a certificate or a card or play ideas from A&K’s Playground.

You can nominate anyone in Knowle West to get a Nurture Package by emailing knowlewestwishes@gmail.com


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Colour in a Kind Carrot

Share a Kindness message with your neighbours! Print one out and write a message, then attach to your front window- you don’t know who it might touch, to read your kind words. And see how many you can spot out and about in Knowle West on your walks!


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Make your own Self Care Kit

Julian says:

“You know that great feeling when someone you love cheers you up and gives you some TLC when you’re having a difficult time? Well, a Self Care Box is the equivalent, except you are the one who gives you a big dose of TLC! It’s so comforting to watch our favourite film or read a book that means a lot to us. Remember, you are an expert on what makes you feel good. Don’t be swayed by others on what to include. That said, it’s often nice to have items that remind us of happy days and good feelings towards friends and family. ”

Your Self Care Kit should contain:

  • Special things for days when you need to look after yourself
  • Nice things to remind yourself you are worth looking after
  • Things that won’t go off!

Find somewhere to keep it

I suggest a shoebox to start off with, or a nice bag if you don’t have a box. You can even just designate a space in a drawer or cupboard to keep your self care kit. You can make a Self Care Kit from things you already have, there is no need to go shopping.

Reminders

A lot of the things I do to make myself feel better include technology so you could add a reminder for online links. This could include:

  • Films
  • Games
  • Music
  • Meditations
  • Audio books
  • Articles
  • Feel good blogs

Health

  • Hankies
  • Painkillers
  • A water bottle to remind you to stay hydrated
  • Coconut water is a great hydrator and comes in little cartons that last for ages.

Comfort

  • Hot water bottle
  • Blanket
  • Super soft cushion
  • Socks

Indulgence

  • Lip balm
  • Hand cream
  • Moisturiser
  • Bath bubbles
  • Body lotion
  • Nail varnish
  • Brandy for hot toddies
  • Incense or smelly candle – battery powered candles are safer if you are likely to fall asleep

Entertainment

  • A easy to read book
  • Photos to look through
  • A colouring book and nice pens/pencils
  • Yarn, needle and hook and a nice pattern to make something
  • Manicure kit
  • Nice music
  • A DVD
  • A puzzle

Sustenance

Remember you might not need this box for a few months, so keep those use by dates in the distance.

  • Chocolate to eat or drink
  • Herbal tea – mint is good for queasy tummies and chamomile is soothing
  • Instant soup
  • Crackers
  • Biscuits

Most importantly

Your Self Care Kit needs to be special. For days when you need to look after yourself. So make sure no one can dip into it and eat your yummy treats. Save any craft projects or reading material in it until you need it. Keep it safe and away from pets and people.


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Well-being boxes from Knowle West Health Park

Knowle West Health Park have created an amazing box of goodies based on the Five Ways to Well-being which are evidence based mental health advice.

  1. Connect with other people. Good relationships are important for your mental well-being. …
  2. Be physically active. Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. …
  3. Learn new skills. …
  4. Give to others. …
  5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

There are many ways you can practice the five ways and the Health Park hope there is something in the box to help you get started with each of them. You may be doing lots of things already and that’s great – keep doing them and use the box for new inspiration.

How can you get a well-being box?

These boxes are designed for anyone who is feeling socially isolated or vulnerable. You can be referred by a community organisation working with Filwood/Knowle West residents or you can nominate someone or yourself.

How do I nominate someone?

We have 50 boxes to give away so if you know someone who could benefit from receiving this lovely box of goodies you can nominate them (or yourself!) by sending the following information:

Their name, address, tel number, and why you want them to receive a box (please ask their permission first); plus your name and contact details

Email: emckenzie@knowlewesthealthpark.co.uk (with ‘WB Box Nomination’ as the subject)

Text: 07851 255 018

Post/envelope to: Knowle West Healthy Living Centre, 5 Knowle West Health Park, Downton Road, Bristol, BS4 1WH (you will need a face covering to enter the building if you are delivering by hand).

Closing date 31st March

For further details please contact Eileen McKenzie Emckenzie@knowlewesthealthpark.co.uk

What if you don’t like some of it?

You have a ‘Returns’ bag in the box so just pop anything you don’t want into the bag and it will be collected and re-distributed so that more people receive boxes and others get more of what they enjoy.


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Listen to a kind story

Listen to Mrs Kabouche read “It’s Great to be Kind” by Jordan Collins and Stuart Lynch. It’s a story about kindness..

Why not make your own kindness crown like Connor?