This week is designated Random Acts of Kindness Week. If you look on line there are so many useful lists – 20, 45,101 suggestions of what sort of things to do as an act of kindness. Some of the suggested practical ways have been made more difficult because of social distancing and lockdown but wherever we are there are still kind words that can be said.

“The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey” – Sarah Fielding (who lived in Bath in the 1760s, by the way!)

At Genesis Trust one of our key values is to always act with compassionintegrity and kindness. Staff and volunteers in all the projects endeavour to reach out to and support our clients in person where we can, online through Facebook Live and Zoom sessions, and by phone as well. For many who are isolated and lonely a traditional telephone call has made all the difference.

Denise, our Life Skills Facilitator, phones people each week for a chat and feels that is has been so important for people who are feeling isolated and disconnected. Her wish is that her phone calls will connect with those in need, that they are timely, alleviating loneliness and providing community when community is difficult.

This Random Acts of Kindness Week we are calling out for kindness with words. Please get in touch with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while –a phone call, letter, card, email or video call.  It doesn’t matter how you do it.

And kindness works both ways and benefits both parties as “Love and kindness are never wasted. They bless the one who receives them and they bless you, the giver” – Barbara de Angelis.

Or in the words of Lady Gaga – “I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.”