A businesswoman from Sutton Coldfield has hosted a tea party for Contact the Elderly to celebrate the 1000th day of her ‘Inspire Kindness’ project.
Dani Saveker, CEO of GLAS, first challenged herself to do something kind everyday in January 2016, and has since carried out over 1,000 acts of kindness, ranging from baking cakes to conversing with strangers. She now wants to inspire others and has launched the campaign ‘Inspire Kindness’, which she hopes will get people “To think more consciously about how they can be kind.”
Dani first became interested in helping the older generation after setting up a local residents association in her town, and she started to think more about what she could do to connect with her local community.
“Nowadays neighbours don’t talk, the most interaction they have is when they collect their Amazon parcel. I was really fortunate that when I was growing up I knew everyone that lived on my street. I wanted my kids to experience the same.”
After seeing Contact the Elderly on ‘Do The Right Thing’ with Eamon Holmes and Ruth Langsford, she decided to reach out to the charity and offered to host a tea party.
Laura Nelson Group Coordinator for Sutton Coldfield 5 said:
“Dani and her family were wonderful hosts. Both the drivers and guests had an amazing time with beautiful food; we cannot wait to do it again. She also gave everyone in the group a lovely 2019 calendar, which was a very generous and kind gesture.”
Dani believes that loneliness and social isolation is not just an issue that the affects older people and encouraging inter-generational relationships and engaging with your local community can be hugely beneficial to everyone.
“In my job I meet loads of people in their forties and fifties who on paper are successful. They have good jobs, money but they are not fulfilled. Thinking more consciously about being kind will help you connect with your communities and improve your own mental well-being.”
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