On Monday the 18th May, Recovery Workers Jess and Alex presented a Workshop on Kindness and Compassion to staff and clients at Voluntary Action Leicester (VAL). 10 people in total attended via Zoom. We spoke about kindness and what it means to us. As well, what acts of kindness we have received or given. We discussed the importance of being social with friends, family and strangers. Something that is very important currently. Will discussed how before lockdown he was not particularly close with his neighbours, however now they have been helping each other out more. A perfect example of how difficult situations can bring people together. We also learnt about how we can be more self-compassionate. When discussing how we already do this, one member said she enjoys going for walks and runs. Due to not being at work she said it is important to keep busy and keep a routine.
During the Workshop we went through different methods that we can practice in our own time to be more compassionate to ourselves. One of the resources was compassionate writing. A member said she currently keeps a journal and writes positive things that have happened everyday. She highlighted that this has been important to her since she has been furloughed, to keep a positive mind-set.
The mental health organisation has released an article on 50 random acts of kindness. We asked the group to have a look and pick a random act of kindness for today. The feedback was that this was a fantastic idea and a good way to think of something kind to do each day.
At the end of the workshop, Jess and Alex emphasized the importance of being kind to ourselves and one another during these extraordinary times.
-Jess and Alex, Recovery Workers