This Christmas poses more challenges than ever before, which is why the Compassionate Community movement has launched a Compassion at Christmas campaign running from the 1st November to 31st December 2020.
There are various initiatives as part of the campaign, which any organisation or individual can get involved in, and which we're encouraging our staff and students to support.
It won’t cost anything, just a little compassion.
While the SU can't do its usual group event this year, you can still do your own Santa run around your local sites, take some pictures or video, and help raise funds to support local charity work. If you're quick you can even sign up to receive a Santa suit in the post!
Make a Christmas phone call
Christmas Day can be a difficult enough time for those living alone, this year more so than most. Sometimes, all it can take is a phone call to transform someone's day. If you, or anyone you know, wants to spread a bit of positivity on Christmas day, The Compassionate Community is organising a Christmas Call for those that want it and need volunteers to help out. You'll get full training before the day, including topics of conversation, signposting and what to do if you feel that someone is at risk. This is such a meaningful opportunity, not just for the people at the end of the phone but also for staff and students to form bonds with people in the community we're all a part of.
Commit a random act of compassion
Bring a little joy into everyone's life this Christmas. It's been a tough year for everyone so we all need a bit of compassion! Alongside the Students' Union, 3SG and Compassionate Community, we're on a mission to spread some compassion this Christmas and make sure that our community here in Bath is that little bit happier for of it. We're asking everyone - staff, students and locals - to join us in committing Random Acts of Compassion. These can be any kind actions, from saying hello to a passer-by, to helping your neighbour with their bins or getting involved in one of the community activities organised by some of the great charities in the area. Every little helps! We challenge you to 5 random acts of compassion, shared using the hashtag #CompassionatChristmas.
Donate a book to a local child
This Christmas, local organisation First Steps is seeking donations of small wind-up toys for children at Twerton and Moorlands Community Nursery. To support the appeal and to ensure that, where possible, the toys are sourced from UK based companies RAG have launched an online fundraiser so that we may provide new toys for the children. First Steps have also asked for donations of inspiring picture books.
Help us deliver happiness
For some, it's the most wonderful time of the year. However for others, Christmas can be quite isolating and if this year has taught us anything, it's how important family, friends and community are. Put a smile on someone's face this year by sending a hand-written Christmas card to a vulnerable adult in Bath this year.
Donate your stuff
The Students' Union is collecting winter clothing, coats and food to donate to the Genesis Trust. There are a number of drop off points on campus, in the centre of town and in Oldfield Park - so if you're having a pre-Christmas clearout please consider making a donation.
We would love to hear about how you're helping to spread compassion this Christmas - share your photos or video diaries with us using the hashtags #CompassionatChristmas and #CompassionatUoB!