Showing a little kindness can go a long way

Wodonga Council and AlburyCity are encouraging all border residents to look our for their neighbours - particularly those who are most vulnerable - and show their community spirit during COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

We will be sharing the #kindnessiscatching messages to help our communities combat social isolation, loneliness and additional stress during this time.

General kindness tips

  • Smile
  • Pick up the phone and call someone who you think may be lonely
  • Go for a walk in nature
  • Support a small business
  • Be kind and patient with people who are working on the front line (supermarkets, chemists, medical facilities) - like everyone, they're only trying to do their best
  • Monitor your consumption of news
  • Offer to shop or cook a meal for a friend or neighbour
  • Have a virtual Friday night catch up with your friends, play board games or chat about what you've been doing

When purchasing goods for your family:

  • Think of others when you shop. Do right by your family, neighbours and friends, by only buying what you need. Help your community.
  • Most people do the right thing – we’ll get through this if we stick together and leave enough for everyone.
  • Buying more than you need and being greedy will just leave nothing on the shelves for those who really need it. Vulnerable people will miss out.
  • Supermarkets will remain open. Remember to wear a mask and check-in.

Hashtags you can use

  • #KindnessIsCatching 
  • #BeKindWodonga 
  • #BeKindAlbury 

We're also asking you to remember practice social distancing at all times, staying 1.5m away from the nearest person, wear a mask and practising good hygiene such as hand washing and coughing into your elbow or tissue. 

Help your Neighbour cards

We have developed free assets for you to use (they can be downloaded below) to share the message, that kindness is catching. One of the most-utilised assets is the 'help your neighbour' cards to assist the vulnerable and isolated or those having difficulties coping in our community. 

Please, take what you need.

In the downloads area below, you'll find a suite of digital assets to assist in spreading the word. 

Kindness is Catching toolkit