05 November 2015

World Kindness Day and BBC Children in Need

In our hectic modern world, it can sometimes seem like good old fashioned kindness is a thing of the past.

But on 13 November, World Kindness Day reminds us of the importance of spreading a little kindness around: whether that’s by supporting a good cause, doing a good deed or just being a bit nicer to the people around us.

World Kindness Day was launched in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, and is now observed in countries across the globe including the UK, Canada, Japan, Australia and Italy. Events over the years have included a global flashmob, kindness concerts and handing out free chocolate bars.

There are lots of ways you can get involved in World Kindness Day, from small acts like holding open a door for a stranger, surprising your workmates with some home baked treats or simply giving your gran an overdue phone call.

For more information on World Kindness Day or to pledge a kind act of your own, head to the official Kindness UK website.

Nationwide and BBC Children in Need

As 13 November is also the day that the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show is taking place, you can join in with their fundraising fun too. Nationwide is also helping to support BBC Children in Need by taking donation calls from the public again this year, supported by over 150 employee volunteers. Employees are also keen to donate from their personal funds – last year, together with members, we raised £156,000 for the cause.

For more information on BBC Children in Need, head to the BBC website.

If you’d like to help by donating to BBC Children in Need then make a donation.

Get involved with The Big Local

If you’re looking for an opportunity to do some good in your local community to mark World Kindness Day, why not do so via our scheme The Big Local?

At Nationwide we encourage our members to support local charitable organisations via The Big Local scheme and thousands of members take part each month. It’s a regional online charity vote where members vote for one of three member-nominated charities in a different UK region each month. The charity that receives the most votes receives £5,000 funding from us.

Charities which have benefited from The Big Local donation over the years include The James Hopkins Trust, which provides free nursing care for young children in Gloucestershire, and Saint Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough.

Stephen Uden, Head of Citizenship at Nationwide, commented: "The Big Local is a fantastic way for our members to get involved and tell us which local charities to give financial support to. Members can also ask for help from our employees who are happy to volunteer their time and skills to help local causes – after all, our members know their communities better than anyone else. Nationwide is owned by our members, not shareholders, and we believe they should have a real say in which local charities receive our support."

Click here to nominate a charity or ask for employee volunteers.

Find out more

To find out more about Nationwide’s citizenship activities, including our work with charities, check out the Your Society pages on our website.

Nationwide is not responsible for the content of external websites or apps. Reference to any organisations websites or apps is not an endorsement of that website or app or the organisations products or services.

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