22 January 2020
Random Act of Kindness Day is growing in popularity year-on-year. Individuals, groups and organisations all over the UK get involved, in the hope of encouraging kindness within society. Learn more about Random Act of Kindness Day and how joining the Army Cadet Force as a cadet or adult volunteer can help you learn more about the importance of being kind and getting involved in the community.
What is Random Act of Kindness Day?
Random Act of Kindness Day was created by the Random Act of Kindness Foundation, a non-profit organisation. It was founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and is dedicated to producing methods that encourage acts of good will.
When is Random Act of Kindness Day?
It is celebrated in the UK on February 17th, however, is encouraged all year round. The founders want to encourage people to be kind daily, with the mission of changing society through kindness.
How to get involved
The Random Act of Kindness Foundation have plenty of resources that can be shown in schools, universities and workplaces. These resources emphasise the importance of being kind and how one small gesture can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
“Our mission is to change schools, the workplace, families and society through kindness. We work towards that goal by creating free content that promotes kindness toward others & teaches important kindness skills to kids.”
Being kind is incredibly easy and there are many ways you can get involved with Random Act of Kindness Day. Making kindness a habit will make you into a happier person whilst also rubbing off on those you’re being kind to. This can create a domino effect and encourage them to be kind to others too.
Compliment a stranger, help your family with housework, or encourage your students to say three positive things about the person sat next to them. Small tasks like this can go a long way and really make someone’s day.
How the ACF promotes kindness
With around 39,000 cadets all over the UK, it’s our goal to ensure each cadet has an experience that includes having fun, adventure, action, and friendship. We encourage our cadets to learn, aim high and pursue their goals, whilst discovering new skills and building their employability potential.
We take an active role to encourage inclusion and kindness. As part of the Core ACF syllabus, each cadet must take part in ‘Cadet in the Community’ and engage with a community project or event. This promotes the importance of supporting local areas and helping members of the community who are less fortunate. Examples range from helping to re-build a play area, beach or riverbank clean-up, or spending time with elderly people.
As a volunteer you’ll guide cadets through the ACF course, but you could also be a mentor for them too. You will have the opportunity to see cadets develop through their teenage years and become a role model, helping them be the best person they can be, not only at the ACF but in other aspects of their lives too.
The ACF invites young people between the ages of 11-18 to become cadets with us, and any adults up to any age to volunteer. The ACF encourages kindness, development and a welcoming environment for individuals to meet new people, learn new skills and progress. If you’re interested in becoming a cadet or volunteering, find your nearest detachment to learn more.