Conversations with young people about kindness

March 25, 2019

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Today, the Carnegie UK Trust launches a new report which reflects on young people’s experiences of kindness. Conversations with young people about kindness was written by Young Scot, and is based on two workshops that explored the understandings and perceptions of kindness among young people in Scotland, as well as their ideas for interventions and innovation to encourage kindness and human relationships.

This project was designed in parallel to the Trust’s Kindness Innovation Network (KIN), and aimed to provide a specific focus on young people, who may have different perceptions and experiences of kindness. While the report does reflect on issues that we might consider specific to young people, such as school life and social media, the major themes are similar to those that we have identified in previous work: participants reflected on the role of social norms, the influence of pressure and stress, and the ways that the physical environment can affect our interactions with others.

Jennifer Wallace, Joint Interim CEO / Head of Policy, Carnegie UK Trust said: “We were delighted to be able to work Young Scot on this report, which adds significantly to our existing knowledge on kindness, and highlights the importance and value of including young people in our conversations about how to build kinder communities across Scotland.”

Louise Macdonald, CEO, Young Scot said: “It’s fantastic to see Carnegie UK Trust putting young people’s experiences of kindness front and centre. Kindness can have such a beneficial impact on young people as they move through life, so it is wonderful to see some of their ideas for how to make their environments and communities a little kinder.”

The full report is available here and you can find more information about the Trust’s work on kindness here.