Kindness and community connections during COVID-19

Woden Community Service 4 May 2020 8
Faye with her gift from the toddlers

Local resident Faye receiving a painting from the toddlers at Lyons Early Learning Centre. Photos: Woden Community Service.

Last week a number of seniors living in the Woden Valley were surprised and delighted to receive pictures and cards from young children.

The children, attending Woden Community Service’s Lyons Early Learning Centre, made the pictures to give to local senior residents in response to the COVID-19 restrictions.

The initiative came about when educators at Lyons Early Learning Centre were teaching about kindness and the importance of connection.

Glenys and her gift

Local resident Glenys receiving a painting from the toddlers at Lyons Early Learning Centre.

“Woden Community Service is a community organisation which helps build and support connections in our community. Here at Lyons Early Learning Centre we wanted to reflect that,” said Amy, an Early Learning Educator at the Centre.

Amy explained the initiative came about as a result of a conversation with the children about why some of their daily activities had changed due to COVID-19.

“The educators explained to the children the nasty bug that is going around the world and how it is important for all of us to stay safe and avoid getting sick. Then we explained to the children that it is not only them that can’t go out, it is everyone. In particular, our community friends who are in their senior years.”

The children were asked ‘How can we show kindness?’ One child suggested drawing a picture and giving it to their community friends.

From there the children got to work on their ‘Kindness Initiative’, creating lovely individualised artworks that they could gift to a community friend.

Toddlers at Lyons Early Childhood Centre

Toddlers at Lyons Early Childhood Centre admiring their pictures to give to local elderly residents.

“When the children were creating their paintings they were very happy knowing they are making a painting to help brighten the day of another and making someone smile,” said Amy.

Toddlers's crafts

The pictures created by toddlers to give to members of the local community.

Once created the paintings were dropped off to senior residents in the Woden Valley by WCS’s Social Groups Coordinator, Sandy Van Der Toorn.

“All our seniors were really surprised that someone had thought about them,” said Sandy.

“Then there were big smiles and comments: “Oh, how gorgeous “, “Really, one for me?”, “Oooh, isn’t that so lovely!”

The recipients of the artworks decided to continue the Kindness Initiative by returning the gesture back to the children.

Some took to learning a new skill, with one person commenting, “Oh, my goodness, I have never made a card but I will!”

Other acts of kindness were evident, with one of the ladies making two cards, one from herself and one from her friend who is sight-impaired.

Lyons Early Learning Centre

The children at Lyons Early Learning Centre receive cards of thanks for their pictures.

It was no surprise that the children at Lyons were delighted to receive the returning messages from local residents. The kindness shown by the children went out into the world and then came right back to them, and became the motivation for this poem from the children:

“We thank you for our cards,
They made us smile and feel happy, we also know they made you feel happy too,
We are two and do love stickers
We also love to play with our friends.
And now we can say we have some new friends in our local community.
Always remember we are all in this together,
Keep Smiling, my educators and I thank you”.

Connecting with older people during the coronavirus pandemic is crucial. If you would like some ideas on how to help, visit:

Find out more about the services Woden Community Service provides to the Canberra community by visiting WCS or call 6282 2644.

Sentiment of COVID-19

‘We are all in this together’.


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8 Responses to Kindness and community connections during COVID-19
Pip Kovacs Pip Kovacs 1:10 pm 06 May 20

This initiative shows Woden Community Service growing very integral and lovely values throughout our local community. Loved reading this.🥰

Emma Baudinette Emma Baudinette 3:15 pm 04 May 20

We are so proud to be part of this lovely community and well done to Amy and the educators for coming up with this activity. It is just so nice of you. Leila loved her card she received and still plays with it. Thank you for writing back to her Glenys.

Karuna Honer Karuna Honer 7:55 pm 03 May 20

How special ❤️

Pamela Velzen Pamela Velzen 7:22 pm 03 May 20

Love this, so beautiful,! ❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻💜🦋🦋

Amy Wilson Amy Wilson 4:12 pm 03 May 20

Very proud to say this is my class, We loved being able to spread kindness within our local community, Thank you The RioACT !

Helen Peck Helen Peck 11:19 am 03 May 20

Lovely news letter.in the post thank you very much I thinking of ringu up and doing some squares for the homeless not much of a knitter big thank you❤

Nishi Bindra Chatley Nishi Bindra Chatley 8:35 am 03 May 20

Awesome Vish and team

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