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Poster reads: Random Acts of Kindness Day. Simple ways to spread joy in Barnet

It’s only February, but this year’s already been pretty tough, hasn’t it?

Working for charities or community organisations means seeing a lot of local people who need our help, which can be disheartening sometimes.

You’ll know as much as we do, that a nice gesture goes a really long way this time of year. Whether it’s a friend you’ve lost touch with inviting you to coffee, or a colleague remembering it’s your birthday, it’s the little things that can really make a difference.

That’s why we at Barnet Together want to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day on 17th February this year.

Here are some ideas about how to spread kindness locally in Barnet…

  1. Donate to a food bank

We’ve all been hit by rising food prices at supermarkets. You do your normal weekly shop, but nowadays the amount on your receipt is anything but normal.

So if it’s becoming a squeeze for us, we know that the whole of Barnet must be struggling, particularly those with food insecurity.

To address this, Barnet hosts a range of food banks all over the borough, with drop-off points in many local libraries and supermarkets.

Check out Young Barnet Foundation’s ‘Barnet Food Hub’ page, run as part of the Barnet Together partnership, for a handy map of all the food banks in Barnet to find out which one is most convenient for you.

Usually, items that are in demand include…

  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Pasta and rice
  • Tinned tomatoes and pasta sauce
  • Lentils, beans and pulses
  • Canola and olive oil sprays
  1. Give to Barnet’s homeless charities’ Winter Appeal

If you do have a bit of cash to spare for a good cause, why not give to one of Barnet’s homeless charities?

Homeless Action in Barnet and Together in Barnet have launched a joint Winter Appeal, aiming to raise £5,000 to help homeless and vulnerably housed people.

Together, the charities support more than 750 people every year, with winter being a particularly challenging time.

Here’s what you can provide based on what you give…

  • £10 can top up a travel card
  • £20 can provide someone with warn clothing
  • £50 could supply a microwave to allow people to prepare food for themselves

So far, they’ve only raised about half of their goal, so be sure to donate if you can: Joint Winter Appeal to support homeless people in Barnet.

  1. Get creative in your kindness

Just because you’re being kind to others, doesn’t mean you can’t be kind to yourself! If you’re the creative type – or wish you were – why not enrol in one of Maxability’s local pottery classes?

Maxability offers classes to disabled adults, young people and children as well as the general public. By enrolling into a course, you can help subsidise a course and make it cheaper for a disabled person – it’s a win-win!

If you’re feeling extra kind, you could even arrange a team building day for your organisation at Maxability where you can get your hands dirty, de-stress and learn a new skill.

Based just down the road from Inclusion Barnet’s office in Colindale, we’ve been to visit them a few times and we’ve always been met by smiling faces and lots of creativity. Read all about our visit to Maxability here.

We hope you’re now feeling all warm and fuzzy, and ready to spread some joy in the borough.

Whether you want to take one of our suggestions, or have an idea of your own, we’re sure it’ll brighten someone’s day.

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