Northern Ireland Hospice have created a ‘Kindness Counts’ campaign for schools across Northern Ireland on the lead up to World Kindness Day on 13 November.
The charity decided to create the campaign during the COVID-19 pandemic to highlight the continued need for kindness in our community and are working with local schools to promote the Kindness Counts message.
The ‘Kindness Counts’ campaign, provides schools with free learning resources that are based on the education curriculum for children of all ages. Schools can celebrate ‘World Kindness Day’ by taking part in interactive and fun-filled lesson plans.
Upon completion of the lesson, all pupils will receive a certificate of achievement, acknowledging their participation and will receive their ‘Kindness Counts’ badge, honouring each pupil as a ‘Kindness Ambassador for the charity.’
Northern Ireland Hospice is asking the schools that sign up to include some fundraising for the charity as part of the campaign.
Many local schools have registered to take part already, including local secondary school Carrick Academy in Carrickfergus.
Dr Paula Downing, Principal at Carrick Academy, is excited to take part in the campaign with pupils of all year groups. She explained,
“The Hospice is a cause close to our hearts here at Carrick Academy, and our very own Year 10 pupil Madison Wright, is also Youth Ambassador for Northern Ireland Hospice. We host lots of fundraising events throughout the year, and what better way to celebrate the extraordinary acts of kindness we’ve all witnessed this past 18 months, than to join the ‘Kindness Counts Campaign’.
The free lesson plans and resources the Hospice have developed for teachers to enjoy with their pupils are amazing and allow us to teach our children the importance of showing kindness, compassion and empathy to their friends, family, and the local community.
We’re excited to host a non-uniform day to celebrate World Kindness Day and would encourage schools across Northern Ireland to join with us, to celebrate kindness and help raise the vital funds for this much-loved local charity.”
Mary McCall, Director of Commercial and Brand Development, added:
“Kindness is at the core of our work at Hospice and every year we see the best in people as they help us raise funds for our specialist palliative care. This campaign was created because we wanted to share the message that kindness is important, the smallest of kind acts can make a huge difference in people’s lives.
If you are a teacher in a local school, please help us create a kindness movement locally, and sign up for your school to take part. When you register, your school will receive a range of free ready-made resources to use in your classroom. By helping us to raise funds, your school will also be helping us care for local people in the community who rely on our incredible Care Team in our In-Patient Units and in many homes across the country.”
To find out more information on how you can register your school to take part in the ‘Kindness Counts’ schools programme, visit: www.nihospice.org/kindnesscounts