Adapting to change, Council’s Youth Development Action Team (YDAT) is reaching out to connect the community through messages of kindness with Positive Postcards.
The Positive Postcards initiative was created by Council’s Youth Development Action Team to give community members a chance to write kind messages, showing support to the region’s most vulnerable, essential workers and those needing a boost during the current Coronavirus situation.
Youth Development Action Team member Lalita Miller said it was important to remind people they were valued, and a simple message could sometimes mean the most.
“During these times people may think what’s the point, and not really feel connected, and they may not realise how important connection is,” Lalita said.
“We want people to know we are thinking of them, and I encourage anyone to take part and send a message to show they care.”
Lalita said the Positive Postcard message could be a simple note or have a flair of creativity, with the only stipulation, it was kind.
The 21-year-old said an example she came up with was; “People like you are the flowers that add colours, fragrance and freshness in life. We thank you for everything,” she said.
“I hope people receive these messages and they feel better, knowing they have meaning, and we care.”
Positive Postcards connection is valuable
Youth Development Action Team member Katie McCord agreed with Lalita, saying connection between people was a valuable tool to have during times of crisis, and messages could even be sent to essential workers to show support.
“It is a trying time at the moment because you can’t see anyone, not even your friends,” Katie said.
“Connection between anyone is really valuable – you don’t have to see them, but you can still show that you care.”
“The most important thing to remember is our essential services are putting their lives on the line and it’s a really beautiful thing they are doing for our community.”
The Youth Development Action Team consists of 16 young community members who initially hoped to work with local school students to provide hand-written messages of kindness.
These would then be delivered to nursing homes, retirement villages, the Bundaberg Hospital’s children’s ward and selected businesses in the community, to remind the recipients that the youth of Bundaberg are here, and they care for them.
Whole community can get involved
But, with the current national Covid-19 regulations in place, the young adults changed their thinking and brainstormed to come up with an idea that the whole community could be involved in, and Positive Postcards was created.
Community Development Officer Steffi Bates said Council’s Youth Action Team was quick to adapt to the changing environment surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said the Youth Development Action Team were originally working on an intergenerational project that was due to be released in June this year, but given the current situation that everyone was facing they agreed to bring the Positive Postcards project forward and open it up for the whole community to participate.
“Whilst this was initially a project for youth to create connection to community, now anyone can submit a kindness message by selecting a template and sharing a positive message, an interesting fact, something you love about Bundaberg etc,” Steffi said.
“Council’s Youth Action Team will electronically deliver these to essential workers and vulnerable members of the community to boost their spirits, create connection and show that we are all in this together.”
To send a Positive Postcards message, click here.
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