Mental Health Awareness week - Festival of Kindness

We marked Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 by celebrating all things kind at our virtual 'Festival of Kindness'. From the 18th - 24th May, our social media was filled with festival favourites, such as art, children's storytime, activities, talks, wellbeing advice, food and drink recipes...all with the theme of kindness at their heart. And, of course...there were fantastic music performances every single evening!

We would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on our Festival of Kindness - things we did well, things we could do more of, etc. It is our hope that this is the first of many Norfolk and Waveney Mind Festivals, and hopefully may even materialise into a real Festival come next year!

You can also send us your feedback via our social media channels, or email

Bringing you a variety of bands and singers with local connections to Norfolk and Waveney, all for you to enjoy from home. Let's celebrate kindness together, apart!

Special thanks to Twisted Melon Promotions for supplying artists for the Festival of Kindness


Mainstage Acts

Dead Reynolds

Dom is normally a member of Dead Reynolds - a five piece Alt-Rock band from the Eastern Counties. Officially formed in October 2018, the band brings together some familiar faces from the area with former members of Phoenix Calling and The First.

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Teenage indie band Retroactive formed in early 2018 after their love for Arctic Monkeys and deafening guitars brought them together. We massively appreciate them choosing to be part of the Festival of Kindness to support Norfolk and Waveney Mind.

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Ellie Dixon

Ellie Dixon is a 21 year old singer/ songwriter. Her sound is a mixture of indie pop with jazz and folk influences defined by her soulful lyrics and unique and unmistakable voice. She has been writing, producing, and recording songs for 6 years.

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Beth Lancaster

Beth Lancaster showcases an exclusive acoustic set made for Norfolk and Waveney Mind's Festival of Kindness

Premieres at 6:45pm

Phoebe & Jay

Husband and wife duo Phoebe & Jay share a beautiful exclusive set, from their home to yours for Norfolk and Waveney Mind's Festival of Kindness

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Premieres at 7:15pm

Flint Moore

Flint Moore are an alternative grunge rock band based in Downham Market, UK. The band are explosive in their sound and stage presence, and mix influences from 90s grunge, post-rock, prog and orchestral music. With their personal philosophy of ‘play with, not at’, they like to keep you feeling right in the moment.

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Floral Image

Floral Image are Ferg, Jack, Julien and Paul. Two of the band will be performing a stripped down set for the ‘Festival of Kindness’, including Jack (keys, synths, vocals) who works for Norfolk & Waveney Mind as a Community Development Coordinator for Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney

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Premieres at 7:45pm

Ashlea Lauren

Ashlea Lauren is a born entertainer, whose love for performance began at an early age.  She has a great passion for the fabulous bygone era of black and white movies, musicals and all things Marilyn Monroe.

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Tony - Rebelation

Rebelation are an energetic UK reggae band, blending traditional ska, rocksteady and roots. Tonight, Tony from the band is performing an exclusive set for the Festival of Kindness.

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Serena Grant

Serena Grant is a professional vocalist who, over the last five years especially, has toured and travelled across the country, wowing audiences at numerous events. Performing an exclusive set for the Festival of Kindness.

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Caitlin Mapes - Kaves

KAVES music is a huge melting pot of styles and genres, incorporating hard rock, ska, disco, dub, and anything else that serves the song. The song is king. Caitlin Mapes performs an exclusive set for the Festival of Kindness.

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The TestostaTones

The TestostaTones are an energetic vocal group specialising in classic ’50s Doo-Wop and fun, confident arrangements of contemporary songs and 1990’s classics, all delivered with harmony and style.

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Andy - The Black Dog Deli

Andy from The Black Dog Deli reminds us 'What a Wonderful world' we live in.

The Black Dog Deli is a family-run business in Walberswick, Suffolk, run by Andy and his Italian wife, Stefi. They are passionate about beautiful food and supporting local producers. Andy is also a part-time rock star, and has performed exclusively for our Festival!

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Simon Benefer

The amazing Simon Benefer performs an acoustic set for us all to enjoy for Festival of Kindness.

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Sam J. Cook

Sam is a singer songwriter who is peforming an excluslive set especially for Norfolk and Waveney Mind's Festival of Kindness

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Lily Ann

The amazing Lily Ann performs a magical set for us all to enjoy for the Festival of Kindness. Lily Ann is a Norwich based artist who creates music to evoke emotion and tell a story.

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Emily Blake

Chill with mocktail in hand and imagine you are sharing this sunny field listening to Emily Blake's lovely voice covering a wide variety of songs especially for you at our Festival of Kindness. 

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Chad Richard - Worthy Cause

Americana Artist Chad Richard performs EXCLUSIVELY for our Festival of Kindness.

Richard’s songwriting and musical sensibilities fuse Cajun,Texas swing, country and blues styles effortlessly.

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Georgia and Maddi - Special set

The singing sisters from King's Lynn have joined us for the Festival of Kindness to mark Mental Health Awareness week.

Listen to their beautiful voices in this specially recorded set.

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Find out about our range of services and support groups, how we can help you and signpost you to other forms of support!

I need urgent help

If you feel like you are in need of urgent help and want to talk to someone you have the following options:

  • For urgent medical attention, you can call 999, visit Accident & Emergency (A&E) or make an Emergency GP appointments.
  • For urgent medical advice you can call the NHS on 111 (England).
  • You can talk to Samaritans anytime on 116 123 and this isnt just for those who are feeling suicidal.
  • If you are under 19 you can contact Childline about anything. Whatever your worry, it is better out than in. Call 0800 1111.
If this doesn't feel like an emergency but you want to think more about what you need and what help is out there, please click below to follow our self help tool. 
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Suicide prevention

Talk to someone

You may be feeling like taking your own life is the only option but hold off making this decision for now and talk to someone.

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Quick tip Sheets

Below you will find a selection of our quick tip sheets designed to give concise and helpful information at a glance.

They cover a variety of topics including stress, relaxation, sleep, panic attacks and workplace wellbeing.

Simply click on the relevant topic below to read or download. 

Here, you'll find a wealth of things that can help to keep us feeling well, from stories of kindness to mindfulness sessions!

Messages of Kindness

Laura Hutchinson recites a poem about Kindness in British Sign Language

Linda Symonds reads kind messages from those that have benefited from our services

Stevie Spring, Chairman of Mind shares a message of Kindness for the Festival.

Community Enabler Dave Eagle shares tips for Kindness

Hope shares a way of being Kind to yourself by discussing the relation between food and mood

Ayshea from our HR team at Norfolk and Waveney Mind shares her tips for Kindness

Alex from our Fundraising Team shares a message of Kindness received in from Audrey

Duncan shares an inspiring Kindess message by Maya Angelou for the Festival of Kindness


Self compassion break

For our kindness to others to be sustainable, we have to be able to look after ourselves. We hope this mindfulness practice will help you do that, bringing more warmth and connection to yourself and those you care for.

If you'd like to take this further try our free mindfulness taster session below, or build mindfulness into your daily life with our new Finding Peace in a Frantic World course, starting in June.
More online mindfulness courses here

A message of Kindness

David Alfie Ward shares a message of kindness and support to Norfolk and Waveney Mind, who were there for him in his time of need, and helped him fulfill a happy life and look forward to the future. 

Thoughts on Kindness

Young People in Mind

"Hi, I'm Bill, and I manage the Young People in Mind team.

My top tip on kindness is to be kind in your thoughts.

The messages we give ourselves shape the way that we feel.

Treat yourself the way you would like others to treat you.

Then share that kindness!"

Gemma from the Young People in Mind project shares what kindness means to her and what we can all do to help share random acts of kindness.
Lisa from the Young People in Mind project recites a poem for Norfolk and Waveney Mind's Festival of Kindness
Naomi from the Young People in Mind project shares her top tips for kindness and staying kind

"Hi, my name is Jess and I am a Mental Health Caseworker for the Young People's Team at Norfolk and Waveney Mind.

I think it is important to be kind, not only to make someone else feel good, but also to help you feel good about yourself."

Volunteering Team Poem

Members of the Volunteering Team read out a special poem to celebrate Norfolk and Waveney Mind's Festival of Kindness.

For more information on how to volunteer, please visit:

Paola welcomes you to her kitchen where she shares how to make flatbread and Tiramisu.

It's important for all members of the family to look after their mental health. Join in with our children's activities around the Festival of Kindness - enjoy our children's storytime, colour in our Festibears characters, and more!

Be Kind - ITS Music Kids Songs

Children's music company for kids age 4-8, ITS Music Kids shared their new song 'Be Kind' with us to be enjoyed as part of the Festival of Kindness. There aim is to bring music, mindfulness, entertainment and education to children across the world.

ITS Music Kids is an official partner of YouTube Kids and their music is written by an Ofsted outstanding primary school teacher, Sha Armstrong. 

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Come and sit down for 5 minutes, grab a cup of tea, gather your children around and get them's storytime! We've got special readings of different story books each day, based around the themes of kindness and friendship.

Festibears - Colouring-in Fun!

Faye Simcox-Lawrence has been very kind and has produced daily colouring-in sheets for children and adults alike, exclusively for our Festival of Kindness.

Simply download the pack of 7 designs below - each one features the Festibears! Fun characters that are exclusive to our Festival of Kindness, for you to make as colourful as possible!

Don't forget to submit pictures of your designs, so we can share with everyone at the Festival. 

Simply send to us via Facebook, or by emailing
Festibears Colouring pack - Download here

Make your own Origami Dinosaur!

Kindness Crafts with Community Roots

Kindness Crafts - Simple Bird Feeder

The Community Roots team show us how to be kind to nature by making our own bird feeders for the garden, using pine cones, bird seed and lard / coconut oil (and don't forget the string!).

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Kindness Crafts - Seed Bomb

The Community Roots team help us to attact bees and other pollinating insects into our garden by creating our own Seed Bombs.

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Kindness Crafts - Sprout your own Lentils

The Community Roots team show us how to be kind to nature, and ourselves, by sprouting our own lentils. Watch the video to find out more!

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Kindness Crafts - Make a Bee Hotel

The Community Roots team show us how to be kind to nature by making your own Bee Hotel!

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To celebrate our festival of Kindness, our LGBTQ+ Project invited people to kindly send them photos of their most colourful flowers for a Virtual Rainbow Flower Show, and here are the results.

Thanks to everyone who sent in their beautiful photos and for Jess Morgan for providing the music.

Love my Family Exhibition

Shelly, our LGBTQ+ Project Manager, has been working in Partnership with Proud Parents and Guardians Norwich to create an exhibition called "I love my family". In this 3 minute film you can see the artwork the children created and hear why they love their families so much.

Created to celebrate International Day of Families and International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT), we are proud to have the premiere as part of our Festival of Kindness

We've got fantastic daily recipes for you to try, complete with information on why they're good for you. Pour yourself a mocktail and get ready for the music!

Looking after your body is a great way to be kind to yourself!

Taking time to ensure that we are all getting the right nutrients from the food we eat is a great act of self-kindness.

Preparing food for our family and friends is also a great way of showing kindness to others - plus, many people find cooking to be an enjoyable, even relaxing hobby, which is great for our overall wellbeing.

However, sometimes knowing what foods we should and shouldn’t be eating can be really confusing.

The Kindness Café aims to provide you with clear, easy-to-digest (see what we did there?) information, on how food can improve your mood, with daily recipes, advice and of course, an alcoholic-free ‘mocktail’ for you to whip up ahead of watching our Mainstage acts!

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