Who doesn’t have an hour for others? Even the smallest act of kindness has the power to completely change someone’s day. This is the very simple yet incredibly powerful idea behind the ‘An Hour For Others’ (AHFO) movement. Think about it: if we all gave an hour for others every now and again, wouldn’t the world be a much better place? Pocket Robin caught up with Kevin Morland, the founder of AHFO with a heart as big as his ideas.
Kevin, a Liverpudlian painter & decorator by trade, landed the best paid job of his life but when his colleague told him he had a ‘job for life’ he felt sick. He was existing, not living. He looked around and saw broken communities: people not caring about one another, divisions, greed, materialism, hate & fear. Something had to change.
Kevin realised the world around him wasn’t going to change unless he started to be the change he wanted to see. Having previously worked in the care sector he knew he loved the feeling he got from helping others. Together with his painting and decorating skills he recognised he could provide work for those who couldn’t afford it.
Kevin putting his skills to use at his local community centre
6 months later Kevin quit his job and plunged head first in to AHFO full-time. Pretty soon he had a pool of all kinds of skilled people signed up and willing to help – teachers, gardeners, builders, premier league footballers & even a choir! He started identifying the people in his community who needed help and connecting them with those who had the skills to meet their needs. Bringing communities back together like this validated Kevin’s choice to leave his job – this was worth more than any money in the world.
“I haven’t had a wage in 7 months but I’ve never felt so rich.”
In just 7 months AHFO others has gathered huge momentum, touching the hearts of so many with what it is setting out to achieve. Some highlights so far:
Raising funds to purchase toys, food, warm clothes and blankets for 16 of the poorest families in North Liverpool
“To see Joel in the pictures with a huge smile on his face meant everything to us. No amount of money in the world can buy that feeling you get, knowing you’ve made a difference to someone’s life.”
Get involved! AHFO started in Liverpool but there is no reason why this can’t become a global movement. Anyone, anywhere in the world can give up an hour of their time for someone else.
“I want this to become a human habit. We’re all human beings, let’s come together.”
Want to get involved but not sure what you could do? Try one of these:
AHFO is also looking for business sponsorship as well as potential community partnerships to help them continue the amazing work they have started. Think you can help? Drop them a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spread the word about AHFO! Give an hour for others yourself then post a short video explaining what you did on An Hour for Others Facebook page. You can nominate a few friends to give their hour for others too.
These small acts of kindness replicated by millions will change the world.
I gave my Hour For Others by helping out at a charity race night at a local nursing home. The older people loved it and so did I! Here is Irene taking home her raffle prize: