“Ripple” is a community project and a heart-centred primary school curriculum providing education, information and inspiration to people in all walks of life.
Our inspiration for creating a kindness project
As each generation appears to be becoming less compassionate and more disconnected than the last, we feel it has had a significant impact on the social, emotional and mental health of so many in our society.
Quite frankly, we’re concerned about what the future holds for our children and how they will interact with one another. Are we breeding a generation of kids who will care for, support and connect with their community? Will the next generation volunteer and selflessly give their time to those with less?
We want to do our bit to make sure kids grow up with warm and generous hearts and that means contributing in positive ways so they can feel the impact.
We know that kindness underpins all good values. It’s the basis for caring and giving, and for a peaceful and fulfilling life. Kindness should be an intrinsic part of us all.
We want to help people experience the impact they can have when they are kind to a loved one, friend or a stranger. We want to inspire people to reach out a hand in friendship, not because they expect a good deed to be returned, but because supporting someone else is a natural thing to do.
We may never know the impact our good deed can have but the sense of pride and feel-good emotions we experience truly makes it so worthwhile. When we put a smile on someone else’s face, we put one in our own heart and these positive feelings are what helps change the way we think, feel and behave.
Countless studies and overwhelming evidence support our belief that kindness can change the way a person feels, the course of their day and in the right doses, and at the right time… even their life!
Feeling good about ourselves cultivates the positive outlook we all need to enjoy happy and successful lives. Kindness can be part of the solution to so many of the challenges people face each day.
With this in mind, the essence of Ripple Kindness Project is to provide opportunities, information, resources and education to assist people everywhere in experiencing the magic this good old-fashioned value holds.
We are passionate about teaching children to be givers in a world where they’re often conditioned to take.
Our greatest wish is to create a more inclusive world by touching spirits with altruism and inspiring kinder thoughts, words and actions that lift levels of caring and compassion to new heights.
We’re particularly passionate about promoting kindness in schools, as we know it has the potential to change cultures. Though it’s not a quick-fix, when combined with social and emotional learning, kindness is a long-term solution to the bullying epidemic we’re currently facing.
Ripple Kindness Project for Schools
Our on-going curriculum educates and inspires the hearts and minds of young people by cultivating kindness, generosity, respect, compassion, responsibility, positivity, resilience, love and a sense of belonging.
When fostering a positive outlook at an early age, we can often avoid the destructive mindset that can manifest in teenage years when many seem to catch the “it’s all about me” virus. And so, kindness is a natural solution to one of our most threatening social issues… bullying and exclusion.
Children receive a daily dose of kindness through our on-going whole school Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum. Promoting the positive values that may not always be taught in the home, school becomes a place where good feelings flourishes, children connect and find their way, and strong foundations are formed.
Ripple’s community component is a movement that encourages people to embrace kindness as a natural and instinctive part of life.
Over the years, we’ve provided in excess of 300,000 Ripple Kindness Cards to community groups, charitable organisations, businesses and individuals as a reminder to “pay it forward” to others and start their own ripples of kindness that touch lives and promote love, hope and peace.
Ripple founded an outreach program in 2016 in response to a large number of local families facing tough times. Many of our members are single parents in vulnerable situations who have escaped domestic violence. Our aim is to support them with food, services, friendship and love.
As we are a self-funded project not accepting donations, we rely on earning an income through our stores on Etsy and RedBubble, affiliate links with the Book Depository and RedBubble as well as the sale of our school curriculum and it’s components on TPT. Funds help to support our community projects and outreach program Nourish Network.