If your social media feeds are anything like mine, they’ve been awash with an emotional outpouring following the results of the General Election last Thursday. The nation has been in shock and is slowly coming to terms with what this means for the next five years – me included.
Gradually over the weekend, my thinking has become clearer, and as I sit here writing this today, I feel more convinced than ever that negativity, anger and fear should not be the driving emotions for our actions.
Now is the time to channel our emotions into positive compassionate actions which benefit all in society.
Every UK citizen has the same opportunity to flood the country with compassion and kindness and to actively support those who are making positive changes in the world.
We need to actively promote and help individuals from all walks of life who are thinking of others and society’s needs and who are going out of their way to bring about positive change in society.
These innovators can’t do it alone. They need everyone in society to play their part and be active citizens.
With news of further welfare cuts imminent, we need to act fast to put in an integrated community led support network for those who find themselves at the mercy of these cuts.
The solution is right here.
It’s aptly called If Everyone Cares
If you have ever needed help and/or support you may have experienced how hard it can be to find when you need it most. Yet when people are in crisis, they need immediate help. The rise in foodbanks has shown that already.
Support needs to be on the ground and at community level. There’s no time to waste.
One woman, Jaki Bent, has seen that need and has taken action. She is painstakingly creating Ododow™- The Interactive Community Map which pinpoints local charities, non-profits and and community projects and will connect those who need help with those who provide it. Until now no one has brought them together in one place so that they can be searched by location.
We need to get this launched and into every community now.
Who do you know in your local Council who can make this happen in YOUR community?
Here are some facts & figures which may help sway them:
It would save Local and National Government in excess of £6.8 million per annum if just one person from each of the 434 Local & District Council areas went back into employment because they managed to find the help and support they needed by using Ododow™- The Interactive Community Map.
The cost of setting up and running the Interactive Community Map is £434k pa for 3yrs.
This is the equivalent to £1000 per annum per Council and District Council across the UK for 3 yrs.
If your Council doesn’t want to take the lead, then don’t despair, seek out allies in local community groups and organisations, charities, not for profit organisations, food banks, churches and local businesses who see its value and together join forces to bring ODODOW – The Interactive Community Map to your area.
Taking positive action to get more support in your community WILL make a huge difference to those who need help.
When we all actively support compassionate integrated approaches, together we will reduce people suffering.
Collectively and locally it’s time to support each other in these times of change – we all have a part to play.
Before you say “that’s not my job” remember this:
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.