Be Kind Manningham


Be Kind Manningham

2020 has been a year of incredible highs, with communities banding together to support each other after the devastating bushfires, through to tough times with the ongoing global pandemic. In the spirit of community, the Manningham Council have launched Be Kind Manningham – an initiative to encourage everyone in the community to be kind to others, to those in need and to ourselves.


Feeling overwhelmed is normal in these challenging times – be kind to yourself.
Why not get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Go for a walk around your local neighbourhood, or cycle around your local park. Perhaps you can listen to some new music, have a virtual coffee date with a friend or watch your favourite TV show – anything that makes you smile.

10 ways to be kind to yourself:

  1. Go outside and enjoy nature everyday
  2. Explore your local parks and waterways – discover one of Manningham’s many parks within 5km of your house
  3. Play some music you love
  4. Cook something new
  5. Plant something and watch it grow
  6. Take up a new hobby
  7. Contact family and friends online or on the phone
  8. Watch a film you have always wanted to watch
  9. Keep a journal
  10. Take some time away from the news

For more information on how to be kind to yourself click here.


What a time to show some neighbourly love.

We know some people might be feeling a little alone right now, so if everyone in Manningham waved to their neighbours or called over the fence to say hello, it would mean every household maintains some much-needed social contact.

9 ideas to show kindness to others:

  1. Smile and say hello to others
  2. Check in on an elderly neighbour
  3. Do a grocery shop for someone who can’t
  4. Find the time to make two calls (not texts!) a day to people you love
  5. Ask the person who’s serving you how their day is going (and repeat point one... smile)
  6. Drop off a home-cooked meal to someone doing it tough
  7. Be a good listener
  8. Treat the kids to a movie night at home
  9. Cook a special meal together


Parents, family members, and other trusted adults play an important role in helping children understand the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, as well as reduce fear and anxiety around the unknown. Here are some ideas on how to help little ones during this time.

7 things to do with your kids when you just want to have fun:

  1. Take an online trip to the zoo with Zoos Victoria
  2. Take up some gardening in the backyard
  3. Shake, make and create music with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  4. Visit the Sydney Biennale online
  5. Learn about science with the Melbourne Museum Fact Detective podcast
  6. Go on a teddy bear hunt
  7. Download an Audible digital book

For more activities for learning and to keep the kids entertained click here.

During these challenging times, feeling overwhelmed is normal so remember to be kind to yourself and to others.

For more information about the Be Kind Manningham program, visit the Manningham Council's website.

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