Keynsham Kindness Festival
"Connecting Keynsham through Kindness : Making Kind Keynsham the kind of place to be"
We aim to help people living and working in and around Keynsham and Saltford to connect with each other to help build and sustain a vibrant cohesive community where everyone feels they belong and matter.
In particular we are trying to spread kindness which we feel underpins so much that is important in our society and helps to combat the climate of fear and negativity so prevalent these days. What we do best is to connect people whether as individuals or organisations to help them become more effective in what they are doing that matters to them.
After our first Kindness Day in April 2017, and a smaller event in November 2017, we have decided on a wider event, lasting through 10 days leading up to International Kindness Day on 13th November 2018.
Keynsham Kindness Festival, in a similar model to Bristol Food Connections, aims to be lots of little events in various venues over a number of days between 3rd & 13th November (which is International Kindness Day). In this way, no single organisation will need to commit either significant time or money and each can choose how they would like to contribute, loosely based on the overall theme which is about how kindness affects wellbeing, using the 5 Ways to Wellbeing (devised originally by the New Economics Foundation and used a lot by various organisations) as a basis for a wide range of activities.
The 5 ways are
We have a wide range of free activities across Keynsham and beyond. If you can't get to any of them, don't worry, you can still join in by sharing any kindness stories you have on social medial using #kindness_connects.
Throughout the Festival look for YELLOW (our #kindness colour) throughout #Keynsham
Keep an eye on our KAN Twitter feed @keynshamaction and Kind Keynsham facebook page www.facebook.com/kindkeynsham for full details!
We hope to encourage people, whether as individuals or part of an organisation, to take part, this can be something very quick and simple, fitting in with your current activities, as we firmly believe kind acts should be free and easy to do. We really want to reach as many local people as possible in all age ranges , through a variety of kindness related goings on that will hopefully mean there is something for everyone. As with our previous event, this will mean we'll look at ways of being kind not only to people but also to animals and our environment.
We really hope everyone will want to be involved in this exciting event. We think Keynsham is already a very kind place and we want to celebrate that and spread our kindness message as far as possible!
Use our registered hashtag #kindness_connects on social media to add your kindness story (you can upload photos/videos etc.) to our Crowdmap to spread kindness far & wide! A little kindness goes a long way!
The dance element of the festival was inspired by Life Vest Inside's Dance for Kindness which takes place across the globe every year on 11th November. (See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1qrK3IOtgk&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2HkK-htDMpM8rcJk47GWjHuDuLnUx9X9xxpwEnRrJQj2L_NzjoyCaQxwc) .
Unfortunately, we felt this wasn't appropriate for us here in Keynsham because of the Remembrance Sunday commemorations. However, we're delighted that local dance schools have contributed some great events during the 10 days of the Kindness Festival.
Keyford Dancing School will also be doing a dance show at Broadlands Academy Friday 9th November with a theme about the Armistice : The Dancing Year and the Remembrance.
There will also be a great chance to join in a T-jive around the town on Tuesday 6th November as part of the programme of events.
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