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Messages of Hope

by Alison Cornmell

Ahead of International Day of Happiness, on 20 March 2021, young people at Vibe have been sending messages of hope to their local communities.

The messages came after a rise in reported loneliness across the Knowsley borough. The project, led by Vibe young people in Me Time and Open Access, aimed to brighten the day of local residents.

Dean Leake, Chair of Knowsley Youth Cabinet said:

“As a cabinet, we decided to create these messages of hope to address the issue of loneliness within our community, as this lockdown especially has been difficult and overwhelming for so many of us. Whilst loneliness is normally associated with older residents, we want to recognise the fact that our young people are struggling too. We want to inspire them with confidence for their future, and let them know that they are far from alone in how they’re feeling”

100 ‘bags of happiness’ were created, each containing a message to bring hope and an image by a young person from Vibe, plus some lockdown essentials;

  • A positive affirmation to remind you to be kind to yourself
  • A coin to bring you luck and a tasty treat
  • Bubble wrap to pop your troubles away
  • An elastic band to remind you you will always bounce back
  • Love hearts to remind you you are loved
  • A teabag to make you feel warm inside
  • Sunflower seeds to remind you to always keep your chin up to the light
  • A jigsaw piece to remind you that you are an important part of your community.

The bags were distributed to the Big Help Project, ForHousing and some locally nominated Knowsley residents.

Vibe offer great programme and services that support young people to build positive relationships with themselves and others, and play a central role in creating vibrant communities.