The Great British Valentine

Random acts of kindness can be really good for your mental health. Research shows that helping others is positive for our own wellbeing; creating a sense of belonging, reducing isolation and helping to get rid of negative feelings.

In Britain (like in most places in the world), we don’t only care about our nearest and dearest. We also care about people we don’t know.

Our Great British Valentine project enables you to send a card with a message of good wishes (not romance!) to someone you’ve never met; and receive a card yourself.

We’re taking inspiration from Mexico, where Valentine’s Day is about friendship and goodwill in the broadest sense, not just about romantic love. Posting these cards is about sending your best wishes – that is, your hopes that good things will happen for other people.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up to the Great British Valentine project by 4th February. We will allocate someone for you to send your card to, and also someone who will send a card to you.
  2. Send a home-made card (or print our ready-made one) to your unknown match by 14th February.
  3. Receive a card yourself.

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Sending and receiving these random acts of kindness, we’ll give each other a little boost – and receive a boost ourselves. In a small way, we’ll spread good vibes and show each other we are not our own in the world. Participating in the project is free, apart from the cost of a stamp.

Whilst sending a card to a stranger is a small thing, sometimes, small things can make a big difference. Collectively, our Great British Valentines will show that whilst we might have our differences, Britain is a country where there is a lot of kindness.

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