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The Time for Kindness bench.

a bench on grass looking out at the river Thames on which a swan is swimming. Across the other side are trees. The sky is blue with some fluffy white clouds.

This is the bench where Time for Kindness began.

This is where I was sitting in late 2020 when I first got the idea that became the Time for Kindness programme.

I had gone for a bike ride on my own that day and was contemplating what was going on in that surreal year. I was thinking about the things I had done and the things that were important to me.

Up until that point I described my clients as organisations with a vision of a better world. On that day I asked myself what I meant by ‘better’. That’s when I realised kindness is important to me.

And more than that, it dawned on me that there is lots of kindness in the world already. I could use my story-telling skills to help other people believe it too. The project that became Time for Kindness was born.

My teenager was surprisingly tolerant of me photographing a bench while we were on a bike ride along the Thames recently. That’s because she recognises how important TfK is to me (and I think she’s proud of me for it). She also came up with the actual name, so she’s invested too.

If you feel the same, make sure you’re following us on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn so you see stories of kindness in your feed every single day (and remember to like them and try to comment too so the algorithm knows you want to see them!)

While you’re here, why not check out some of the kindness that’s already been sent in by people just like you:

Children give food to unhoused man.

Imran pumps bicycle tyres up after local has problem.

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