“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted” Aesop

6 Questions with Community Champions — Mark Mountney and Elsa Arnold of Spreading Kindness Through E11

In this age of technology and fast paced living, it’s sometimes all too easy to simply ignore those around us, to forget to interact with them and even when we do, to forget to be compassionate and thoughtful. To forget to be generous and considerate. To forget to be kind. Well, World Kindness Day is just around the corner and two local residents Elsa and Mark, are going to ensure that we’re all reminded to show a little kindness to our neighbours and friends. Below, I ask Mark more about their project:

How did Spreading Kindness Through E11 come to fruition?

It all came about when Elsa posted on the Wanstead Community Hub on Facebook. Elsa asked the wider community how we can move forward with a local initiative in conjunction with World Kindness Day on Tuesday 13th November. When I saw the post I was all over it. How could someone not want to take part in something so positive and good?

What is the aim of the project?

I think the main purpose is to get people to put their focus into the good, to change the way we treat each other, the way we communicate with each other and to spread kindness as a way of life.

What do you both do when you’re not “Spreading Kindness”?

Running my hairdressing business, Zoology, is a full on and demanding job. Elsa is a sixth form pupil at Wanstead High, on the National Anti-Bullying Youth Board and also a keen dancer.

How can the local community become involved?

The local community can get involved in so many ways. My message is just have a think about what you can do and what you would like to do. It can be something small, doesn’t have to be big but if you want to do something big then go for it! We would like to encourage individuals, families, friends, local businesses, schools etc, to take the time to show an act of kindness by making a conscious positive difference to someone’s day. This could be by offering some special services to some of your customers, helping to provide some food for a homeless person, volunteering at a local charity shop, calling up an old friend to see how they are… literally ANYTHING!

Lots of local businesses are participating and offering tags for you to write a message of kindness on. These tags will then be hung from our “Kindness tree” on Christchurch Green from 3pm on Tuesday 13th November.

Where can the local community get more information on the project?

Look out for details on Wanstead Community Hub on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram Instagram.com/spreadingkindnessthroughe11 and check Twitter @SocConsciousE11.

Have you any plans for more events in the future?

We’ve certainly loved doing this project and would love to repeat this again next year