In Feb 2019, I was studying towards my degree while job hunting, and doing all this at home became isolating and demoralising – I found I was ‘in my head’ too much – do you ever get that? My productivity plummeted as I struggled to get out of my head and maintain my usual positive outlook. Then I discovered Head Room Café, a social enterprise of mental health charity, Jami. After working there alone a few times, I had the idea of using their giant sharing table as a shared space for co-working, to reduce isolation and low mood, and approached them with the concept of Kind Co-working.
What is Kind Co-Working?
The original idea was to work in a shared space, cultivating an atmosphere and work ethic of kindness to self and others through brief check ins and meditations/visualisations. By working side by side with others who have the same goal of ‘getting things done’ while maintaining a sense of kindness and compassion for the struggles that can pull us off track, we co-created an environment that facilitated productivity and positive focus. It worked well on a weekly basis, attracting a mixture of service users, members of the public and more, but when Covid-19 hit, we took it online to even greater effect.
Due to client commitments, I am no longer able to co-run the project, however, Jami continues to host it every Tuesday and Thursday, 11am to 1pm, click here for joining instructions. It is open to anyone who would like to join a wellbeing-focused space to do their work, leisure activities or even take a rest. There is a brief check in at the start, followed by an intention-setting meditation, then it’s mics off and time to focus on your own work or tasks, within a landscape of kindness. Every 20 minutes (Pomodoro style), a gentle bell is rung and reminders to bring kindness to your efforts and take care of your needs are offered (movement, water, screen rest etc). Finally, there is a brief check out and kindness or gratitude meditation. All are welcome and you’re free to pop in or stay the full 2 hours.
Kind Co-Working for Organisations
Do you need support in cultivating wellbeing practices within your organisation?
It is our vision to bring wellbeing into the workplace as a better normal, and as a foundation for productivity and happiness. Kind Co-Working is one way we can help you achieve this. Take a look at our Kind Co-Working for Organisations page to see how, and feel free to contact us for prices, packages and possibilities – we love working with you to ensure that our services meet your needs.
To get an idea of how Kind Co-working runs within a community setting, please feel free to pop in to the free Kind Co-Working sessions now run by mental health charity Jami.