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Making a Difference in Manchester with Simple Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness Day is this Saturday 17th February. 

The idea of a day to perform random acts of kindness began in America in 1995. 

It’s spread globally and is a great opportunity to show how small, thoughtful actions can have a significant impact worldwide and closer to home in Manchester.  

Here are six easy ways to spread a little happiness and strengthen the bonds within our community. 


  1. Support local businesses 

Start by supporting local shops and services. Whether buying a coffee from the local café or choosing a local craftsperson for your next project, your custom helps sustain the livelihoods of those in our community. 

      2. Share a compliment 

Never underestimate the power of a genuine compliment. Whether praising a neighbour’s garden or acknowledging a colleague’s hard work, a kind word can go a long way in brightening someone’s day. 

      3. Donate to a local charity 

Consider donating to a local charity or food bank. These organisations do incredible work, and your contribution, big or small, can make a real difference to those in need. 

      4. Volunteer your time 

Giving your time can be incredibly rewarding. Volunteer at a local school, community centre or charity shop. Even a few hours can have a significant impact. 

      5. Help a neighbour 

Simple acts like helping an elderly neighbour with shopping or offering to walk someone’s dog can foster a stronger, more caring community. 

      6. Pay it forward 


Buy a coffee for the person in line behind you, leave a book in a public place for someone else to enjoy, or simply hold the door open for others. These small gestures of kindness can create a ripple effect of goodwill. 

Let’s use Random Acts of Kindness Day as a feel-good springboard to spread smiles and kindness throughout our community, not just on 17th February, but every day.  

Together, we can make Manchester a happier, more connected place for everyone. 

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