Creative Kindness is a community group that seeks to tackle loneliness and isolation in Coventry. The group began in May 2019 when the ‘spark’ Chris Reid began to fulfil her vision to build community supported by Grapevine, a charity which helps all kinds of people experiencing isolation, poverty and disadvantage in Coventry and Warwickshire.
In 2022 Creative Kindness runs six weekly sessions across the city and they are looking to start more. They have around 60 members and a leadership team of 8. They also partner with Coventry Mental Health Team and have links with Voluntary Action Coventry.
Creative Kindness meets to make simple crafts carrying positive messages which they give to strangers or leave for people to find to brighten their day. They meet mainly in public libraries across Coventry.
Creative Kindness’s vision is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of as many people as they can, either through groups that meet, supporting each other and making friendships while they craft together, or by the positive messages they give away.
Creative Kindness has project links with Coventry Peace Orchard, Cardinal Newman Catholic School and Coventry University.
10000 Stars for Coventry Project
Joining the worldwide campaign with the 10000 Stars for Coventry Project was born out of Creative Kindness’s time in lockdown. They crafted on zoom with Christine from Australia who introduced them to the project onebillionstars.net, a mission to make a billion woven stars to end global violence by 2032.
Creative Kindness took up the challenge to make 10000 stars in Coventry to spread the word. Their aim is to encourage small groups of like minded people to make stars together, tell their story in a safe place and pledge to help end all types of violence.
They believe that ‘if you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem’ and that ending violence and abuse is up to us all.