Update: we now have a #teacher5adaybuddybox dedicated website. Head over to http://teacher5adaybuddybox.wordpress.com to find out more, sign up and to see boxes that have already been gratefully received.
After mentioning the idea last week, I’ve had a number of comments from people in regard to wanting to get involved. That’s awesome.
So shall we get started?
Who can get involved?
The scheme is open to teachers, educators and other member of school staff that are concerned with improving their wellbeing and the wellbeing of others.
It’s particularly awesome if you still love sending and receiving snail mail and are happy to volunteer.
What’s the idea?
The #teacher5aday wellbeing buddy box sprung to mind after I took part in Perfect Strangers. The theme was winter warmer; I loved that each component of the box was carefully thought out to bring a bit of warmth to their life. It was completely voluntary and it felt good to spend that decision time thinking about what might make this perfect stranger smile.
I wondered if we could develop something similar through #teacher5aday – an occasional snail mail surprise to brighten your day.
It’s quite simple. You sign up and get matched with a wellbeing buddy, you make contact with them. Swap addresses. You send each other ‘buddy boxes’ throughout the year. They receive their ‘buddy box’. You make them smile. Easy. The hardest part is deciding what to send.
To start with sign up here
What happens once I sign up?
You can sign up anytime but may have to wait for a wellbeing buddy to be available for you to be matched with. Once your buddy has been found you’ll be informed by email/Twitter and you can take it from there.
Swap addresses, send your ‘buddy box’, make each other smile.
How much you spend on your wellbeing buddy is up to you, suggested maximum per box/package would £10 though.
What should go in the Wellbeing Buddy Box?
The ‘buddy box’ can consist of anything from letters of positivity such as ‘open when…’ letters to open throughout the academic year to small gifts like candles, socks etc. to help your buddy look after themselves. Of course a bit of stationary never goes a miss and perhaps something personal just to show you care.
If you wish you can even make your box follow the 5 components of #teacher5aday with something to help your buddy to notice, connect, exercise and learn. Volunteering is covered by sending a buddy box in return.
When should I send my Wellbeing Buddy Box?
When you send your ‘buddy box’ is up to you. When you sign up you are asked how many you would be willing to send throughout the year. I will try to match you with someone that is willing to send a similar number as you.
Since we all have those times of year which we find more difficult than others, so when you sign up you’ll also be asked which time of the academic year you would appreciate receiving a buddy box the most; your buddy will be informed of this so they can plan appropriately to help you when you are most likely to need it.
What happens once I recieve my Wellbeing Buddy Box?
Well first of all I’m sure you would like to thank your wellbeing buddy. You can share your posts on twitter with the hashtag #teacher5adaybuddybox.
This is an ongoing process, so make sure you check up on your wellbeing buddy now and then even if you only signed up to send the one wellbeing buddy box. It’s nice to be remembered.
So what are you waiting for? Go and sign up.
Remember this is completely voluntary, it is your responsibility to contact your wellbeing buddy and to send out your “buddy box”. You must cover all costs involved.
This is completely based upon all participants wanting to sign up and take part out of the kindness of their hearts. I’m afraid I nor anyone involved in #teacher5aday can accept responsibility if you do not receive a buddy box in exchange. Therefore please only sign up if you intend to send. Thank you.