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Kindness game developed for MHAW

Kindness game developed for MHAW

This week (May 18 – 24) is Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) and the theme this year is 'kindness'.

Adullam supports many people with mental health issues in its projects and is marking the week and promoting its theme in various ways.

Volunteer Coordinator Heather Butterworth who is based in Adullam’s Tameside Unlocking Potential project has created a week-long competition for MHAW that everyone in the region- and beyond- can get involved in. 

The competition is called 'The Kindness Games' and the aim is for those taking part to complete as many acts of kindness as they can. Each day has been given a different theme:

  • Monday - Kind to those around you 
  • Tuesday - Kind to the planet
  • Wednesday - Kind to the community
  • Thursday - Kind to keyworkers
  • Friday - Kind to yourself

Heather created a comprehensive information pack for the games which included a list of 'acts of kindness' for each day. People are also invited to come up with ideas of their own. These acts all have a point value beside them, and they can be done as many times as people want to earn more points. 

At the end of each day Heather is collecting and monitoring the points, asking that (where possible and appropriate) people send over evidence such as a photo or message of what they have achieved.

Thursday's theme is keyworkers and one of the acts is to write them a message. These messages will be collated and turned into a huge rainbow display at Adullam’s Tameside office.

The winner of the competition will be announced week commencing May 25. There is a £20 supermarket voucher prize for service users while the member of staff with the most points will receive a certificate and take the 'kindest person' title.

It is hoped that the games will have a positive impact on people’s mental health – kindness has been medically proven to be good for you – and for service users taking part or being a recipient of an act of kindness will help strengthen their social skills and sense of community.

The competition has been sent out to some of the services the Tameside team works with and commissioners have been invited to participate.

Commenting, Adullam’s North West Regional Manager Jenny Morgan said; “I think this is a fantastic opportunity to engage some of our service users and it will give everyone something positive to participate in.

“I hope lots of people get on board with this as I believe it could spread some joy and bring us all together when we are forced to stay apart.”