Random Acts of Kindness

Customers at a one of our North Tyneside wellbeing centres were treated to a surprise selection of goodies thanks to thoughtful young people with Special Educational Needs .

Benton Dene School

Children from Benton Dene Special School handed over shoeboxes filled with treats at Rowan Croft Wellbeing Centre, Killingworth.

It was organised by Age UK North Tyneside as part of Random Acts of Kindness Day, where young people were encouraged to perform a small act to benefit an older person in the community.

End Loneliness Campaign

It is part of Age UK North Tyneside wider ‘End Loneliness’ campaign to tackle loneliness and isolation across the borough.

And the shoeboxes, delivered in person by the Year 4 children, had the desired effect on customers at Rowan Croft.

Hilda Williamson, 88, said: “We had the children over singing carols at Christmas so to see them again is lovely.

“It is marvellous what they have done for us all, they are very thoughtful. We have all received some lovely gifts and it has brightened up everyone’s day.

“I love coming to Rowan Croft and things like this is one of the reasons why. I lost my husband and got lonely and a bit depressed, but coming here has helped so much.

“I get to see my friends, play games, listen to music and generally enjoy myself. It has been a godsend.”

Young People

As well as Benton Dene, children from Collingwood Primary School and Explorer Scouts in Tynemouth were also involved, packing the boxes themselves and handing them over to older people in the community.

The boxes contained gifts such as scented candles, teabags, and sweets and included a note from the giver.

According to Age UK statistics, around 1.4m million people across the country feel cut off from society, with loneliness as damaging to health as 15 cigarettes a day.

Age UK North Tyneside’s Head of Charity Services, Yvonne Probert, said: “Social isolation can happen anywhere, but it particularly affects older people.

“We want people to realise this happens all the time, not just at times like Christmas. Random Acts of Kindness can make a real difference to people who feel lonely.”

Age UK North Tyneside’s Community Engagement Officer Jo Linton, who organised the handover, added: “It has been so rewarding and lovely to see everybody’s faces.

“It just goes to show how much joy can be given to someone through just a small random act of kindness.”

Benton Dene staff member Alison Wile added: “The children have absolutely loved packing up the boxes and then handing them over today.

“Most of our children have autism and find social situations difficult but they have found today really easy, and fun. It is fantastic to see the children spreading joy and helping to make other people happy.”

Rowan Croft is one of three North Tyneside wellbeing centres, with customers also attending Cedar Grove, Wallsend, and the Linskill Centre in North Shields.

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