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Treating one another with respect and kindness is a central pillar of Leeds City College’s culture. We understand that providing a supportive and welcoming environment gets the best out of our students and staff. That’s why we’re proudly partnering with Kinder Leeds to launch Kinder Colleges – an inspirational campaign that encourages everyone to get active in the local community and ultimately become champions of kindness.

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Being kinder

As part of the campaign, we’ve identified six key themes of kindness:

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Kinder to Self

It’s important to look after your own health and wellbeing, so we’ve included some resources to help you along the way:

  • Mind UK: Five Ways to Wellbeing – manage your own wellbeing with simple steps, researched and developed by Devon Partnerships along with New Economics Foundation
  • The Sleep Charity: Sleep Hygiene – achieve better health, sleep and overall wellbeing by adjusting your daily routine
  • Public Health England: Better Health – get helpful advice on how to adopt a healthier lifestyle
  • Stop Smoking: get tips on stopping smoking and taking better care of yourself
  • Mindwell: Week of Kindness planner – use Mindwell’s weekly planner for tips on being kinder to yourself every day

Kinder to the Planet

By being kinder to the planet, we can all enjoy a happier, healthier environment. Here’s some resources to get you started:

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Kinder Relationships

Being kind to each other helps us build better relationships, leading to improved wellbeing. Find out more by checking out these resources:

  • Kindness UK: Acts of Kindness – lists hundreds of kind acts you can perform to support nature, the wider community and environment
  • Age UK: Random Acts of Kindness – Age UK shares ideas on how to help elderly people in your community
  • Mental Health Foundation: Kindness Matters Guide – get a better understanding of what it means to be kind to each other and how it improves wellbeing
  • NHS: Helping Others With Mental Health Problems – learn how to help friends or family struggling with mental health
  • NHS: Every Mind Matters – take the quiz to receive your own personalised mind plan to help with your overall wellbeing

Kinder Businesses

If you want to support businesses in your area, we’ve listed helpful articles on how to become more sustainable:

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Kinder Communities

Being involved in your community is a great way to meet new people and help out in the local area:

Kinder Spaces

Getting out in nature, sleeping well and setting up a good workspace at home can have huge effects on our wellbeing:

  • Mental Health Foundation: Thriving with Nature – highlights the importance of nature to our wellbeing
  • Yorkshire Dales: Guide to Health & Happiness – be inspired to get out amongst the beautiful countryside to give yourself a boost
  • The Sleep Charity: Sleep Environment – learn how to create the perfect sleeping environment
  • Calm Moment: Creating Meditation Space at Home – get advice on setting up a quiet meditation space to relax and unwind in
  • Working from Home: read this helpful article on how to set up the perfect study space. You’ll also find useful information on this poster – including setting a routine and making daily to-do lists
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We’re encouraging everyone to be kinder and would love for you to share your efforts with us. Tag #kindercolleges on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn to show us what you’re up to.