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How a small team is spreading random acts of kindness

PUBLISHED: 11:28 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:28 14 March 2018

Diss Kindness Club meeting. Picture: Bethany Goode Media

Diss Kindness Club meeting. Picture: Bethany Goode Media

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They have just one mission - to spread friendship and warmth across their community by encouraging random acts of kindness.

Diss Kindness Club: Picture Bethany Goode MediaDiss Kindness Club: Picture Bethany Goode Media

And now, Diss Kindness Group needs more people to join in its activities spreading positivity across the South Norfolk town.

Established in the spring of 2016, the club brings everyone from young children through to octogenarians together once a week to share a meal and take part in “kindness activities”.

Supported by the Norwich-based charity The Missing Kind, the group seeks to encourage compassion and kindness without boundaries and are not affiliated or associated with any sector, religion or region.

Sheila Eagle, who founded the club, explained how even small acts of kindness are important and benefit the whole community.

Sheila Eagle, Founder of Diss Kindness Club. Picture: Bethany Goode MediaSheila Eagle, Founder of Diss Kindness Club. Picture: Bethany Goode Media

“It’s well-researched that kindness improves quality of life,” she said.

“I think people are often too busy to even hold open a door but just even a small thing a makes a huge difference.”

Each week, the Kindness Club attracts as many as 30 people who do activities such as making gifts, decorating cakes or go out into town handing out gifts on special days or during holidays

But despite its ongoing popularity, the club regularly struggles for volunteers to help run meetings and facilitate kindness activities in and around Diss, with Ms Eagle and her son organising the majority of activities themselves.

“It’s really rewarding and it’s really lovely to see the difference the club makes to the older people,” she said.

“But we need more volunteers.”

Ms Eagle added how there are a number of different roles available for people wishing to become involved with the club, from organising activities in and around town to helping at meetings by preparing food and talking to older members of the group.

“Sometimes we have as many as 30 people sitting around for tea so it’s a bit like a large family,” she said.

“Everyone joins in, kids help out and anybody is welcome.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the group, which meets on Tuesdays from 4pm to 6.30pm in Weavers Court, Diss, should email sheila@missingkind.org

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