Acts of Kindness are part of our city’s fabric

In our day to day business activity, how far do we think about kindness? It is one of the cogs in the wheel that help we operate day to day. A business culture that thinks about how its employees are faring can create more productive, happier and committed workforce.

This month Liverpool BID Company is joining with Mandela8 to celebrate Mandela Day, and we are encouraging businesses to join in the Acts of Kindness campaign.

Mandela Day takes place every year on the 18th July. Nelson Mandela inspired the idea for Mandela Day at his 90th birthday celebrations in Hyde Park, London when he said: It is time for new hands to lift the burden. It is in your hands now”. The idea of Mandela Day is that everyone has the ability to make an impact and do something in their own way to change the world and the world of those around them.

Mandela8’s Mandela Day: Acts of Kindess campaign (formerly ‘My 67 Minutes’) encourages everyone to take time out of their day to do something for someone else or for their community.

At Liverpool BID we are planning a series of events that you can get involved with to give back to others on 18 July, including community litter sessions and mindfulness sessions.

There will be community litter picks on Old Hall Street and Hope Street, as well as Princes Park.

Businesses can also submit their own Acts of Kindness, which can include anything from a coffee morning with staff to an organised city walk to blow off the cobwebs and help with mindfulness and relaxation.

  • Turtle Bay (Mathew St): offer free cocktail for anyone who mentions it to a team member on the day
  • Alberts Schloss: deliver some freshly baked pastries to an office who tell us why their staff deserve a sweet treat! Let us know here –
  • Quilter Cheviot: will be having a volunteering week for a local charity The Shewsy in Everton Valley. They will be donning old clothes and helping them clear out 3 garages which have been used to store a variety of rubbish over the last couple of decades. Once cleared they will be painted ready to be utilised for a variety of activities for the club members. They will be sending 25 volunteers split over 5 days w/c 5th August.
  • Nespresso: coffee morning giveaway for an office (Let us know why your office deserves it here –

Mandela8 are also looking for a business to commit to supporting a particular project with Kingsley Primary School and support them to deliver a photography and poetry workshop for pupils. This is linked to Leroy Cooper. This can be through sharing skills, funding or similar support.

Acts of Kindness are part and parcel of life in Liverpool and are an ingredient in the city’s culture. How we weave them into our business life could have a positive impact on our commercial culture as well.

If you would like to organise your own ‘Act of Kindness’ for your business, you can get some ideas to plan your activities here – and be sure to get involved using #MandelaDayAoK

You can share your plans with us to be included in our social media campaign, just let us know what you business will be involved in.