A CAMPAIGN to ‘spread a little kindness’ among young people across the region is proving a hit.

Holy Family School in Keighley is among more than 20 organisations, working with young people, which have pledged their support to the initiative.

The #SpreadTheKindness venture was launched last month by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.

It’s an extension of the organisation’s Looking Out for Our Neighbours scheme, which began before the pandemic to encourage neighbourliness.

As part of #SpreadTheKindness, 15-to-24-year-olds who live, study or work in the region are urged to share positive messages with friends – either online or in person.

The partnership thanks those organisations which have already signed-up to give their backing. And it urges others to join – at ourneighbours.org.uk/eachother.

“The simplicity of the #SpreadTheKindness campaign means organisations can adapt it to suit them and the young people they work alongside,” said a spokesperson.

“Once organisations sign-up they receive a supporter’s pack – and a campaign ambassador will be in touch to talk them through some ideas of how they can use the materials. There are lots of ways to work with young people and showcase how they are spreading kindness. This could be through a short video, taking photographs or sharing their activities online.”

Beate Wagner is joint senior responsible officer for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate children, young people and families programme.

She said: “Looking out for each other has never been more important.

“A huge ‘thank you’ goes to the variety of organisations, schools and settings working alongside young people that have so far signed-up.

“Services in daily contact with young people are already making a positive difference and even more so by sharing this simple but important message.”

Others supporting the scheme include North Yorkshire County Council.

Dr Adam Sheppard, a clinical commissioning group chair, said: “The many organisations signing-up gives this campaign the platform to make a real difference.

“It’s great that so many young people will see it and be inspired by it.”