Group asks Harrogate people to carry out 'random acts of kindness'

Harrogate Mayor Coun Nick Brown with Oatlands youngsters at the launch of Random Acts of Kindness.
Harrogate Mayor Coun Nick Brown with Oatlands youngsters at the launch of Random Acts of Kindness.
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'Random Acts of Kindness' month has been launched in Oatlands by Harrogate Mayor Coun Nick Brown.

Organised by The Oatlands Community Group, there are a number of decorated boxes in various locations where people can share their comments about their experience of random acts of kindness.

Oatlands Infants School, Oatlands Junior School, Oatlands Pre-School, St Aidan’s School are all encouraging their pupils to be part of this event.

Victoria Smith-Dunn of The Oatlands Community Group said: “A simple act of kindness can have a lasting impact. We hope this initiative will inspire our community to do something to help or brighten someone’s day.”

Whatever the act of kindness, Oatlands Community Group are inviting people to share their giving or receiving of any act of kindness.

Anyone in the Oatlands are who would like to post their comments can do so at Julie’s Hairdressers and St Mark’s Church who are also supporting the initiative.

Victoria Smith-Dunn said “The idea behind Random Acts of Kindness is to encourage people to do something a little extra to make someone’s day and build on the community spirit within the local area.

"The acts can be as small as sharing a smile, saying thank you, or giving a compliment. But the act is entirely up to you – you may decide to offer your seat on the train, walk a neighbour’s dog, help someone you see struggling with a heavy shopping bag, pick up litter that has been left in your street, or add an extra item to your shopping that can be donated to Harrogate Homeless project”.

Oatlands Community was originally set up by a group of local residents and they have been busy this year connecting with local people and trying to build on the community spirit within the Oatlands area.

So far they have organised Window Wanderland, a Really Royal Picnic, Communitea and Tuki, a fundraising café held each month at St Mark’s Church.

Comments can be anonymous and the feedback is all about creating an incentive for others to join in and celebrating that moment that you showed kindness or how you felt when someone helped or thought of you.

Your comments can also be shared on the groups Facebook page or website.

Anyone in need of inspiration, should check out a the short video produced by local resident, 16-year-old Beth Whitehouse, starring ten-year-old Scarlett Smith-Dunn.

More at www.oatlandscommunity.co.uk; Facebook www.facebook.com/oatlandscommunity