Small individual and anonymous acts of kindness can have a ripple effect much wider than we can imagine.

Everyone can play a part in making Birmingham a kinder place to live, our simple acts of kindness could start a revolution that impacts the whole city.  

It doesn’t have to be expensive or even cost you any money.

Below are a variety of ideas for random and planned acts of kindness to get you inspired.

Try doing a spontaneous random act of kindness for stranger or someone you know. Whether is just smiling at a stranger, buying a sandwich for a homeless person, or telling someone how much you appreciate them – a random kind act can really make someone’s day or even change a life.                       

Here are a few ideas to get you started:   

1) Say “Good Morning” – if you’re not a morning person the last thing you want to do is speak to anyone. Make the effort to say good morning to the person standing next to you on the bus, in a shop queue or anyone else you see first thing in the morning.

2) Buy a homeless person lunch – Instead of giving money, spare 5mins to stop and buy a rough sleeper or a Big Issue seller a sandwich or a cup of tea.

3) Keep Birmingham clean – As you go about your day, pick up any rubbish you see on the road, bus, around your work place, college or school. It doesn’t matter who left it there, just pick it up! Also make the extra effort to throw away your own rubbish.

Plan your acts of kindness in advance either as an individual or as a group . Do your research and look for opportunities where you can use your time, skills and resources to help others and make a difference in your school, college, university, work place and community.                       

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1)  How can we help? - Make contact with a voluntary organisation in your local area and find out what you can do to help. Get together a group of people and orgnanise an activity to address a need.

2) Cake sale fundraiser - Bake some cup cakes and sell them at work, church or school to raise money for a voluntary project in your local community. People can’t resist a cup cake.

3) Buy 1 get 1 free – The next time you go shopping and buy an item where you get another free, put all the free items together and donate them to an organisation that supports those in need with emergency food parcels.

People of all ages can actively get involved in acts of kindness. 1MAK Birmingham is a great opportunity to encourage children to look for opportunities to be kind in their schools and communities. Pay attention to their interests as those are areas where they’re likely to invest more energy.                  

Help them to come up with ideas that match their abilities and interests.

1) Litter pick – Ask your teacher if you can arrange for your class to do a litter pick around your school or clean up a children’s play area in your school’s local community.

2) Thinking of others – Give away some of your favourite books and toys to a children’s ward at a local hospital, children’s centre or a family community project. Your kindness could make another child who hasn’t got many toys very happy.

3) Say thank you – When was the last time you said thank you to your teacher or your parents? Write a thank note, make something nice or give a small bunch of flowers to say thank you.

Have you got any kindness ideas that will get others inspired? Send them to us:

Imagine what Birmingham would look like if there was an outbreak of kindness across the city and everyone did a daily act of kindness. We're challenging everyone to take part in '1 MAK Birmingham'.

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