Oxfordshire Kindness Wave

Love, Hope, Comfort, Kindness

About us

Inspired by Laura Beveridge and Maxine Sloss who founded the Kindness Wave in Scotland, the Oxford team are passionate about supporting children, young people, foster carers and kinship carers with parcels containing Love, Kindness, Comfort and Hope.

The people behind the Oxfordshire Kindness Wave are artists, community workers and educators, some of whom are care-experienced and some who are experienced in championing young people facing adversity.

We want to support local Oxfordshire businesses by sourcing items for the parcels from them. Your support not only impacts positively on people who receive the parcels, but also local freelance makers and small businesses. Hooray!

Our mission

To facilitate opportunities that can enrich and empower our children and young people supporting the arts and cultural projects.

“That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.”
Article 31 United Nations Right of the Child

Who are we?

We are a group of creatives that have many years of experience in working with children and young people; inclusion, play, educational and youth participation sectors. Our common belief is that all young people deserve the right to grow into adulthood with confidence, happy and engaged.

George

Parcel Maker

Is a co founder of populate co-op and believes that everyone is creative.He loves being a parcel maker and putting together creative parcels to inspire creativity.George is also a Teaching Assistant at a local primary school.

Laura

Parcel Maker

Laura is a campaigner for children and young people's rights and has done a lot of work with Scotland Independent Care Review as a Co-Chair. Laura is super excited to be building The Kindness Wave, to celebrate and show the importance of love, kindness, comfort and hope for all young people.

Emmy

Parcel Maker

Co-runs an arts centre in Oxford called Ark T Centre, she is empowered by how the arts and can be a vehicle for social change and how creativity can change lives; this echoes across Ark T. Emmy is super excited that she is a partner with Oxfordshire Kindness Waves to support children, young people and families these times of Covid.

Lucy

Parcel Maker

Is a recent graduate in History from the Open University. Lucy currently works in a secondary school in Oxfordshire and is enjoying being a parcel maker, experimenting with lots of different ideas to put in the parcels.

Lucinda

Parcel Maker

Writer and producer, maker of Horrid Henry and creator of the Fimbles, she loves working with her team, early morning walks and getting stuck in. As a letter writer for Kindness Lucinda is capturing the voice of Henry to be alongside our young people.

Michelle

Parcel Maker

Is an artist and is also the head teacher of the Virtual School for care experienced young people in Oxfordshire. Michelle loves painting and when she can get on the easel she is very happy, she also likes taking her dog Elvis out for walks. Michelle is super proud to be a parcel maker and writing cards to our head teachers, families and young people in Oxfordshire.

Mia

Parcel Maker

Is currently studying Liberal Arts with Theology and History of Art at Exeter University, currently based at home in Oxfordshire. She is thoroughly enjoying being a parcel maker and is currently thinking of ways to bring lots of fun to the creative packs.

Luke

Parcel Maker

Luke is a triple award winning entrepreneur and filmmaker. He is passionate about storytelling and is ambitious about developing social enterprises that are informed by lived expenses of the care system to insure that services are developed from the experienced of young people in care. In 2018 he was recognised on the Queens Birthday Honours List for the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his commitment to children and families.

Amelia

Parcel Maker

Studied sculptor at Camberwell Collage of Art, Amelia really loved building her house, building ponds, and exploring nature. She is super pleased to be a parcel maker and is currently putting together eco packs for people who want to grow their own sunflowers, vegetables or kitchen herbs.

Poppy

Parcel Maker Illustrator

Is currently an art student, looking forward to starting her foundation at Brookes University. Poppy loves to paint and experiment with mixed media. She is super happy to be illustrating all the parcel makers for the Kindness Wave.

Max and Ailsa

Parcel Makers

is a designer and founder of Super Power Agency, passionate about creativity in schools and proud to be making parcels for the Kindness Wave with her chief parcel maker Ailsa.

Pauline

Parcel Maker

Works has a senior coach mentor for Meadowbrook College, and has delivered many projects for the Virtual Art Collective, making a warm, fun, electric and supportive environment for our young chefs and artists. Pauline loves teaching about art and food and she also loves walking and dancing.

Natty

Parcel Maker

Natty Mark Samuels writer, poet and teacher who founded Oxford African School, is currently producing creative challenges and teaching us about Art History.

Euton

Parcel Maker

Euton Daley MBE is a poet, mentor, producer and a DJ with many years experience working in the arts He has developed and managed Pegasus Theatre specialising in youth and community connection.

Shabnam

Parcel Maker

Shabnam Sabir B.E.M has been organising and delivering food parcels for vulnerable families across Oxford. Shabnam is the Head of EMBS Community College Sixth Form and also runs various community projects including Oxford Homeless Project and Oxford Eid Extravaganza.

Joe, Dan and Adam

Parcel Makers

Joe, Dan and Adam support the back office, admin and processing which has helped Oxfordshire Kindness Wave to send out Creative Parcels and develop Creative Challenges.
Joseph Wilkins is an illustrator and designer based in the city of Brighton, UK. A graduate of Falmouth College of Arts in Cornwall. Joseph has spent the last 15 years honing his skills and developing a successful freelance career. He has considerable experience working in publishing, including educational work and comics.
Dan Harris is an artist and social entrepreneur, from baking bread at The Foundling Museum, working on Bicycle Aid or Bee Savior Behaviour, Dan has all but passion for creativity and social change.
Adam Hale is a filmmaker and cinematographer, passionate for recording, capturing stories from people and communities. Adam is currently helping support local creatives and filmmakers.

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