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Posted On: 10th Nov 2017

Kindness Costs Nothing

Lee wants people to be kind in their daily lives
The group made 'awesome jars' filled with notes for each other
Lee and his team organised a flash mob at their college

A group of young students have made a powerful film to encourage all of us to be kind in our daily lives.

 

The 24 students are part of the Independent Living Skills (ILS) department at Coleg Gwent, Caerphilly.

 

With the help of Fixers, they have created an inspirational, uplifting film on the importance of simply being kind. 

 

You can watch their film, called Kindness Costs Nothing, at the top of the page. 

 

Now, to celebrate World Kindness Day on Monday November 13th, this heartwarming film will be officially launched at Coleg Gwent's Crosskeys campus. 

 

'Our campaign is about kindness. We recognise that it is really important to be kind, as one act of kindness can cheer people up and all humans deserve kindness in their lives,' says lead Fixer Lee Morris, 20, from Abercarn. 

 

'It shows how much you care, makes the world a better place and makes you feel part of a family.'

 

Their film followed the group as the fixers found many different ways to express kindness, both to each other and by carrying out random acts of kindness in the wider world. 

 

They made each other 'awesome jars', filled with little notes describing all of the things they liked and admired about each other. 

 

'People actually wrote nice things about me - and that made me feel good,' says Isobel Meath, 18. 

 

They made kindness bookmarks and sweets, and on Monday will be running a 'happy cafe' - where they will carry out random acts of kindness to celebrate World Kindness Day. 

 

The students have also donated chocolates and biscuits for a local food bank and prizes for a charity raffle to help the homeless. 

 

Most recently they made cards for the elderly in hospital to cheer them up. They have created anti-bullying films, raised awareness for mental health and have been presented the Diana Award. 

 

They even carried out a flash mob dance at the reception in Crosskeys Campus at Coleg Gwent, to surprise people and make them feel happy. 

 

 

'At college we are kind and it makes us feel like we belong and stops us from being lonely. And when people are kind to us at college it helps our confidence and self-esteem,' adds Lydia Brawn, 20. 

 

'We want everyone to do the same to make the world a kinder place.' 

 

And this wasn't just a one-off. The group regularly take part in fundraising activities including raffles, cake sales and stalls and raise a lot of money for charities. 

 

College lecturer Victoria English says: 'They are an inspiration to us all. They demonstrate that we should all practise the art of spreading kindness.' 

 

'Our acts of kindness are a way of us giving to others and we want to encourage others to do the same,' says Lee, who hopes their film will now be shared widely. 

 

'We have made a fantastic film, we are really proud of it.' 

 

Meanwhile, they will continue to make Caerphilly - and the world - a kinder place. 

 

'We want to make everyone aware that kindness costs nothing, but one thing can change somebody's day completely,' adds Lee. 

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: Tiffany Sherlock

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