The School of Kindness is part of the 52 Lives charity. 52 Lives aims to change people’s lives and spread kindness with the help of almost 100,000 supporters around the world. What began as some weekly school kindness workshops has grown into a whole suite of projects and resources to help schools encourage kindness and, most importantly, help children to understand the effect kindness can have on themselves, on others and on the world.
The School of Kindness aims to spread kindness and empower children by helping them to realise that the little choices they make every day have the power to change people’s lives, improve their own health and well-being, and ultimately change the world. We just need to choose kindness at every opportunity
The 52 Lives charity began in 2013. It began as a Facebook page that founder, Jaime Thurston, set up as a way for her friends and family to help people. It has since grown into a global network of almost 100,000 kind people who unite online every week to help change people’s lives. In 2016, Jaime had an idea to bring the 52 Lives concept of spreading kindness and changing lives into the classroom. In the Summer of that year, Jaime was named Clarins Woman of the Year and the prize money from that award enabled her idea to come to life. 52 Lives began running free Kindness Workhops in primary schools all over the country. Word spread and demand grew, so the School of Kindness has expanded to offer schools a range of ways to get involved – whether it be by booking a Kindness Workshop, downloading lesson plans, browsing for a project to fundraise for, or submitting an application to The Kindness Fund. To find out more about the history of the 52 Lives charity, please visit our main 52 Lives website
Who We Are
Jaime Thurston – CEO and Founder of 52 Lives
Jaime manages all aspects of the School of Kindness. You can find out more about Jaime here, on the 52 Lives website. Jaime is a former journalist, author and charity worker. She has received numerous awards for her work, including a Prime Minister’s Point of Light in 2015, Clarins Woman of the Year in 2016, and she was named in The Independent’s Happy 50 List in 2018, celebrating people who make life better for others.
Greig Trout – Director of Kindness
Greig runs all of our Kindness Workshops, reviews application to The Kindness Fund and helps to develop some of our amazing resources. Greig is an ex-CSI, turned adventurer, turned inspirational speaker. From singing on stage at the Sydney Opera House, to teaching English, to volunteering with remote communities in Nicaragua …Greig brings a wealth of experience to the School of Kindness team. He received a Prime Minister’s Point of Light award in 2019, and was also named in The Independent’s Happy List in 2015.
Louise Brown – Kindness Administrator
Lou is a master of organisation who keeps the School of Kindness running smoothly. Lou used to work as a project manager in the branding industry, and lives in Essex with her husband and 2 children. She’s also one of the kindest people you could ever hope to meet.
“Jaime has given people around the world the chance to help others who are less fortunate.”
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