“What would it look like if every person in Ashford spent at least 1 hour during October bringing a kindness revolution to their street, workplace, school or local park? We want to give you the opportunity and inspiration to bring a kindness revolution to your own little part of Ashford and continue to make it the great place to live that we believe it is! Look out for the day-glo tshirts across the town and we would love for you to join us for Thousand Hours 2018!”
~Chris Tatton (Thousand Hours Coordinator)
Thousand Hours began in Ashford in October 2016 when we decided to pledge a thousand hours of our time to bringing life to Ashford. Whether through personal volunteering in our own neighbourhoods- picking up litter, baking cakes for neighbours, etc. or collectively by putting on community events throughout the month, we wanted to make an impact on the town that we love by spreading acts of kindness, and bringing life in any way that we could.
In 2016, we managed to hit 1856 hours! It was a fantastic month building relationships and bringing life to the neighbourhoods around us, and we loved every minute!
Last year, we went into 6 schools around Ashford, inspiring children to be kind in many different ways, we had amazing personal volunteering around the town, and ended up hitting 5997 hours.
In 2018 we are going for simplicity. The small and random acts of kindness that can change people’s lives and our town; one second, one minute, one hour, one person at a time. Whether it’s baking a cake for your neighbours, gathering a group of friends and heading out to pick up litter in Ashford, or putting on a coffee morning for your neighbours, inviting even the neighbours that you don’t know yet! Every hour counts. We will be in even more schools this year; inspiring, exciting and teaching over 3000 children about the joy and life that kindness brings.
There are plenty of ways for you to be a part of a kindness revolution in Ashford and we CAN’T WAIT to see how you impact Ashford this October.
"Who is behind Thousand Hours?"
Thousand Hours was started by Ashford Vineyard- a Community Church, dedicated to building community, and bringing life to Ashford. Although we’re a church, you don’t have to believe to belong, everyone is welcome and everyone gets to play. Ashford Vineyard runs a number of fun activity groups and care giving services all throughout the year outside of Thousand Hours, so there’s plenty to get involved in after October- we’d love to see you around when Thousand Hours has ended!
"I'm not from Ashford Vineyard, can I still help?"
You absolutely can still help even if you’ve never heard of Ashford Vineyard! The more the merrier. If you’re local to Ashford and want to be involved in any way, then we would love to have you. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, or sign up to one of the events, whether as a guest or to volunteer. We look forward to meeting you.
"I can't commit to a project, can I still help?"
If you can’t commit to specific dates for specific projects, you can definitely still get involved! There are two ways you can help: ‘Personal Volunteering’ in your own neighbourhoods, and ‘Lend Your Skills’. We have lots of ideas of how you can volunteer in your own neighbourhoods and at your workplace, head to the personal volunteering page for more information. (Don’t forget to log your hours afterwards!). If you have skills to offer, just fill in the quick form at ‘Lend Your Skills’ letting us know the kinds of things you love and are good at and we will get in touch if anything comes up where we might need some extra help!
"How do I log my hours?"
If you have been volunteering around your neighbourhood to contribute to Thousand Hours, you can log your hours very easily! Just head to the ‘Log Your Hours’ page and fill in the quick form telling us a bit about what you did, and how many hours you contributed. If you did something with a friend/family member/colleague make sure they fill one out too! (Or even be kind and do theirs for them.)
"What happens after October?"
Thousand Hours was designed as a way of impacting our town, together, by committing to take time out of our busy schedules, look around to see the need and do something about it. But it was never designed to be a one off thing. We hope that Thousand Hours encourages you to get into the habit of contributing little acts of kindness throughout the year too. We have ways to get involved and plugged-in to community through organised groups and compassion projects during the year, but we also want this kindness revolution to translate into your day-to-day lives by seeing what’s around you and making a difference in your own neighbourhoods.
"I have an idea..."
If you have an idea of something that we can do during Thousand Hours (whether you know of a building/business/organisation who needs a helping hand, or an area of Ashford that needs a big clean up, etc.) We’d love to hear it! If we can help, we will.
"I have a great story about Thousand Hours!"
If you have a story about what you’ve been up to during Thousand Hours, we’d love to hear it! Whether you have volunteered, or someone has impacted your life, please send us your stories, including photos (if you have them)- hearing and sharing stories are an important part of building community and encouraging each other. We really value stories in a big way, and think that everyone has a story to share, we want to hear yours. (Please let us know when you email us, if you would NOT like us to share you stories or photos via social media. Even if you want to keep the story private, we still want to hear it.)
"I know someone..."
“I know someone who needs a helping hand….”- If you, or someone you know, needs a helping hand in any way, we’ll be gathering people to go out and do jobs throughout the month of October. Whether it’s help clearing a garden, plumbing, DIY, or even emergency meals, if we can help, we will! Get in touch with details of who, where, and what is needed, and we will do our best to fill the need. (Please be sure to get the person’s permission before sending us personal details though!)
"I'm not from Ashford..."
“I’m not from Ashford but I love what you’re doing and want to know if we can do something similar!”- If you’re not from Ashford and think Thousand Hours is something you’d like to do in your own town, we’d love to help you get started and talk to you about how to take Thousand Hours to your community. Get in touch!
"I have another question that you haven't covered"
We’ve tried to cover as many of your questions as possible before you’ve even had to ask them, but we may have missed one! If you have any other questions about Thousand Hours we’d be so happy to answer them! Drop us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.