12.02.2018

It’s Valentine’s Day this week, so you may well be thinking about that special someone… But how about sharing the love with your whole community this year?

And as if Wednesday’s love-in wasn’t enough, it’s also Random Acts of Kindness Day this Saturday.

To join in with these events, we’ve got six easy ways you can show love in your community this February...

1 Set up your own street library

Curbside book exchanges have become a movement in themselves! Join the feel-good craze by building your own or donating a good read to your local library.

2 Share your skills

You have a lot to offer! Are you an athlete, musician or even a magician? Find a community hub such as a youth club or care home and offer to teach them your talent!

3 A seed for thought

Give your neighbourhood a makeover by creating a wildflower meadow in a neglected spot. It’s a rewarding activity in itself, it’s good for insects and you’ll see results in time for Spring.

4 Share the love

Why not use your social media to give a shout out to a local charity, even help promote a local event. They’ll get publicity and you’ll feel great for helping out.

5 Show you care

Why not collect together a mini care kit for people who need it most? Items such as toothbrushes, combs or even shampoo can be donated to your local refuge or homeless shelter. 

6 Help others connect

Even when life is busy and chaotic all around you, it’s very easy to feel isolated and lonely. Sometimes the smallest gestures matter the most. Start a conversation with someone new, help an elderly neighbour to send an email, find a way to show you care this Valentine’s.

Your actions can have a big impact so what are you waiting for? Get out there and get involved!

Tell us how you're spreading love in your community - share your photos and tag us on Instagram and Twitter @Challenge_Grads.