Acts 435 Giving to anyone who has need

We all feel that we have the best job in the world and I’m pretty sure that I really do! It’s such a privilege to lead a team that have developed a number of services to help families and individuals who are struggling with life issues, and we do this by many little acts of kindness.

The main area of our work is the REACH Resource Centre; this is where people can come in for help with anything; from a form that needs filling in, debt help, benefit issues as well as our main Foodbank distribution centre, and to see our Acts 435 advocates. It is our aim not to rush people, but over a cup of tea spend time listening and offering practical support.

What strikes me the most are the comments and cards that we receive periodically, people taking the time to express kind thoughts. One Acts 435 recipient who had been out of work for a couple of years and had the chance to start a new job said “I really can't thank you enough for all you have done. For once I can see light on the horizon… I feel like a man again, a man with a future… I feel at peace and relaxed for the first time in two years…”

Kindness really does count and makes such a difference. Too often our lives are so full that little acts of kindness can be overlooked as we may be busy, or that we don’t feel that we can make a difference, but with all that was going on in this man’s life, our little act of kindness really mattered, and in return, his little act of kindness expressed in writing made such a difference to us and brought such encouragement to the team.

I hope you too will think about what little act of kindness you can do to make a difference in someone’s life today.

Henry Wilson is an Acts 435 advocate in Haverhill, Suffolk and has posted many requests for people in need in his local community.