Our town is the home of The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers, founded in 1844, with objectives that included ‘improvement of the social and domestic condition of its members’.
So, what better place to celebrate radical kindness - defined as a far reaching or thorough act of treating people with kindness and respect through such as empathy, acceptance, kind gestures and thoughtfulness.
On Baillie Street, in Rochdale Town Centre, you can now see the inspiring and uplifting outcomes of the Radical Kindness project, commissioned, and funded by Action Together, with support from the National Lottery Communities Fund.
A visual celebration of the everyday kindness and mutual aid of communities, neighbours, friends, and family during the pandemic.
Local Artists and community art practitioners, Bushra Sultana and Rahela Khan worked with people from across Rochdale’s different neighbourhoods and communities to put together this wonderful patchwork of stories and experiences.
This latest piece of public artwork to adorn our town centre was launched with an unveiling by Rochdale’s Mayor and a celebration with crafts, music and family friendly activities enthusiastically engaged with.
Especially popular was the mini-trail, with eight kindness quotes placed in local shop windows.
Well done to Bushra, Rahela, Vicky Lomax, Action Together and all who participated!