Launched in November 2018, Compassionate Isle of Man became the first organisation on the Island to celebrate ‘World Kindness Day’ working with the wider community, schools, Government Ministers and local businesses to promote the idea of kindness and compassion.
Believing that kindness plays a huge part in improving community, wellbeing and citizenship, as well as creating a sense of belonging, Compassionate Isle of Man once again celebrated World Kindness Day this year. The Hospice initiative worked with local primary school children to spread the message of community, and to celebrate kindness in society in day to day life.
Kindness cards, each depicting their own compassionate message such as “You are amazing” and “It’s cool to be kind”, were distributed to over 7,000 local primary children. The cards were designed to enable the children to share a compassionate message with someone new and to spread kindness amongst their peers, friends and family.
The Compassionate Isle of Man team also included a pack of Love Heart Sweets for the children to share amongst themselves as a small gift from the team to celebrate its 1st Birthday.
Recognising the importance of encouraging communities to come together to support each other and create a compassionate culture on the Island is one of the primary objectives of the Compassionate Isle of Man team. Something as simple as getting to know an elderly or disabled neighbour who lives on their own and asking them if there is anything you can do to help can make a huge difference to their lives. Compassion extends to all areas of everyday life and small gestures can have a significant impact.