Articles Tagged with town

Does connecting prevent loneliness?

One of the the first things I do in the morning is take our dogs for a walk. Usually I’ll meet two or three people, sometimes five or six, either dog owners or people on their way to work. We usually say ‘good morning’ to each other or more if we have time or know each other better.

I feel I am lucky because I live in a small town and tend to know a greater proportion of the population. The local community numbers something like 12,000 whereas the London borough where I was born had some 200,000 residents at the time. Small feels friendlier, but are people just the same anywhere?

Travelling on the London Underground recently, as I stood by the doors waiting for them to open, I saw a woman on the platform drop her glove as she approached the train. As the doors opened, I said she had dropped her glove and she said “thank you”. She was flustered as she didn’t want to miss the train so I picked up the glove and handed it to her and she boarded the train. “You’re a real gentleman,” she said. It was good to help someone.

I don’t know if I am more inclined to notice such things and help as a result of living in a small community, but I believe that acts like this are beneficial anywhere. Perhaps we can feel vulnerable in a city with millions of people around us, but we are all still individuals. Taking the time for small acts of kindness can make a world of difference to people.

Someone who lives on their own could find that you are the only person they talk to on that day when you hold a door open for them or offer them your seat. It connects them with the rest of the humanity when perhaps they have been isolated by their situation.

Perhaps I look a little idiotic when I smile and say hello to strangers, a thing we do a lot in the country when out walking with our dogs, but I think it is just as beneficial in a city. And if it makes people feel better and improves their wellbeing, even better.

Robert Zarywacz is courtesy consultant for the National Campaign for Courtesy. As well as focusing on courtesy in daily life, he believes in the importance of courtesy in business and the workplace and manages pleaseandthanks.co.uk

Ilfracombe is recognised as first in courteous town programme

Ilfracombe in North Devon is the first town in the UK to complete a new programme run by the National Campaign for Courtesy to recognise businesses for their courtesy. The Right Honourable Ann Widdecombe presented the Mayor of Ilfracombe with a certificate marking this achievement after more than 100 businesses took part.

Lynda Courtnadge, Mayor of Ilfracombe, is presented with the courteous town certificate by the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe, watched by Robert Zarywacz of the National Campaign for Courtesy

(from left) Lynda Courtnadge, Mayor of Ilfracombe, is presented with the courteous town certificate by the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe, watched by Robert Zarywacz of the National Campaign for Courtesy

For details of the programme, please visit pleaseandthanks.co.uk/ilfracombe

Ann Widdecombe presents award to Ilfracombe as UK’s first courteous town in new business initiative

Ilfracombe in North Devon is the first town in the UK to complete a new programme run by the National Campaign for Courtesy to recognise businesses for their courtesy. The Right Honourable Ann Widdecombe presented the Mayor of Ilfracombe with a certificate marking this achievement after more than 100 businesses took part.

(from left) Lynda Courtnadge, Mayor of Ilfracombe, is presented with the courteous town certificate by the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe, watched by Robert Zarywacz of the National Campaign for Courtesy

(from left) Lynda Courtnadge, Mayor of Ilfracombe, is presented with the courteous town certificate by the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe, watched by Robert Zarywacz of the National Campaign for Courtesy

The 15-week pilot initiative – supported online at pleaseandthanks.co.uk – recognised courteous businesses in the town after validation by customer testimonials and unsolicited nominations from members of the public. Shops, restaurants, cafés, pubs and hotels participated in the programme along with garages, accountants, builders and other sectors. A weekly theme focused on different aspects of courtesy and online materials supported participating businesses.

Following the success of this pilot, the National Campaign for Courtesy is receiving interest from other towns keen to run the initiative in their own areas.

Robert Zarywacz, who is courtesy consultant for the campaign and whose previous experience includes monitoring worldwide customer service at British Airways, says: “The courteous town initiative ensures we recognise what is good in business at a time when there is a tendency to focus on the negative. It provides a process for assessing courtesy, based on independent verification, which can be replicated in towns across the country to create a recognisable standard.

“Millions of people in the UK spend many hours each week at work or in business and a polite environment not only makes working life more enjoyable but plays a key role in increasing motivation and productivity. As well as making everyone feel better in their work, it can have important economic benefits, especially relevant when every business is looking to improve performance.”

Ann Widdecombe congratulated Ilfracombe on such a worthwhile initiative and said she was delighted to present the certificate at Ilfracombe Library on 8 June 2012.

Lynda Courtnadge, Mayor of Ilfracombe, said: “It was a great pleasure to receive the Courteous Town award, presented by the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe, on behalf of Ilfracombe.

“Since moving to Ilfracombe 12 years ago, I have always appreciated the warmth and friendliness of local people, and so it was lovely to learn that we are the first town in the country to be awarded the Courteous Town Award, a national initiative promoted by the National Campaign for Courtesy.”

Robert Zarywacz continued: “The response in Ilfracombe has been phenomenal. When presenting certificates and window stickers to individual businesses, many have been overwhelmed that people have taken the time to nominate and thank them.

“It’s a powerful reminder that it takes only a moment and costs nothing to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, but it means so much when we do.

“The National Campaign for Courtesy would like to thank Ann Widdecombe, the Mayor and the businesses and members of the community who have participated in the courteous town initiative and who make Ilfracombe such a courteous place in which to live and work.”

See full details of the Ilfracombe courteous town initiative.

For details of the National Campaign for Courtesy, please visit campaignforcourtesy.org.uk

Ann Widdecombe presents award to Ilfracombe as UK’s first courteous town in new business initiative

Ilfracombe in North Devon is the first town in the UK to complete a new programme run by the National Campaign for Courtesy to recognise businesses for their courtesy. The Right Honourable Ann Widdecombe presented the Mayor of Ilfracombe with a certificate marking this achievement after more than 100 businesses took part.

(from left) Lynda Courtnadge, Mayor of Ilfracombe, is presented with the courteous town certificate by the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe, watched by Robert Zarywacz of the National Campaign for Courtesy
(from left) Lynda Courtnadge, Mayor of Ilfracombe, is presented with the courteous town certificate by the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe, watched by Robert Zarywacz of the National Campaign for Courtesy

The 15-week pilot initiative – supported online at pleaseandthanks.co.uk – recognised courteous businesses in the town after validation by customer testimonials and unsolicited nominations from members of the public. Shops, restaurants, cafés, pubs and hotels participated in the programme along with garages, accountants, builders and other sectors. A weekly theme focused on different aspects of courtesy and online materials supported participating businesses.

Following the success of this pilot, the National Campaign for Courtesy is receiving interest from other towns keen to run the initiative in their own areas.

Robert Zarywacz, who is courtesy consultant for the campaign and whose previous experience includes monitoring worldwide customer service at British Airways, says: “The courteous town initiative ensures we recognise what is good in business at a time when there is a tendency to focus on the negative. It provides a process for assessing courtesy, based on independent verification, which can be replicated in towns across the country to create a recognisable standard.

“Millions of people in the UK spend many hours each week at work or in business and a polite environment not only makes working life more enjoyable but plays a key role in increasing motivation and productivity. As well as making everyone feel better in their work, it can have important economic benefits, especially relevant when every business is looking to improve performance.”

Ann Widdecombe congratulated Ilfracombe on such a worthwhile initiative and said she was delighted to present the certificate at Ilfracombe Library on 8 June 2012.

Lynda Courtnadge, Mayor of Ilfracombe, said: “It was a great pleasure to receive the Courteous Town award, presented by the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe, on behalf of Ilfracombe.

“Since moving to Ilfracombe 12 years ago, I have always appreciated the warmth and friendliness of local people, and so it was lovely to learn that we are the first town in the country to be awarded the Courteous Town Award, a national initiative promoted by the National Campaign for Courtesy.”

Robert Zarywacz continued: “The response in Ilfracombe has been phenomenal. When presenting certificates and window stickers to individual businesses, many have been overwhelmed that people have taken the time to nominate and thank them.

“It’s a powerful reminder that it takes only a moment and costs nothing to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, but it means so much when we do.

“The National Campaign for Courtesy would like to thank Ann Widdecombe, the Mayor and the businesses and members of the community who have participated in the courteous town initiative and who make Ilfracombe such a courteous place in which to live and work.”

See full details of the Ilfracombe courteous town initiative.

For details of the National Campaign for Courtesy, please visit campaignforcourtesy.org.uk

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Ann Widdecombe presents award to Ilfracombe as UK’s first courteous town in new business initiative

Ilfracombe in North Devon is the first town in the UK to complete a new programme run by the National Campaign for Courtesy to recognise businesses for their courtesy. The Right Honourable Ann Widdecombe presented the Mayor of Ilfracombe with a certificate marking this achievement after more than 100 businesses took part.

(from left) Lynda Courtnadge, Mayor of Ilfracombe, is presented with the courteous town certificate by the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe, watched by Robert Zarywacz of the National Campaign for Courtesy

(from left) Lynda Courtnadge, Mayor of Ilfracombe, is presented with the courteous town certificate by the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe, watched by Robert Zarywacz of the National Campaign for Courtesy

The 15-week pilot initiative – supported online at pleaseandthanks.co.uk – recognised courteous businesses in the town after validation by customer testimonials and unsolicited nominations from members of the public. Shops, restaurants, cafés, pubs and hotels participated in the programme along with garages, accountants, builders and other sectors. A weekly theme focused on different aspects of courtesy and online materials supported participating businesses.

Following the success of this pilot, the National Campaign for Courtesy is receiving interest from other towns keen to run the initiative in their own areas.

Robert Zarywacz, who is courtesy consultant for the campaign and whose previous experience includes monitoring worldwide customer service at British Airways, says: “The courteous town initiative ensures we recognise what is good in business at a time when there is a tendency to focus on the negative. It provides a process for assessing courtesy, based on independent verification, which can be replicated in towns across the country to create a recognisable standard.

“Millions of people in the UK spend many hours each week at work or in business and a polite environment not only makes working life more enjoyable but plays a key role in increasing motivation and productivity. As well as making everyone feel better in their work, it can have important economic benefits, especially relevant when every business is looking to improve performance.”

Ann Widdecombe congratulated Ilfracombe on such a worthwhile initiative and said she was delighted to present the certificate at Ilfracombe Library on 8 June 2012.

Lynda Courtnadge, Mayor of Ilfracombe, said: “It was a great pleasure to receive the Courteous Town award, presented by the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe, on behalf of Ilfracombe.

“Since moving to Ilfracombe 12 years ago, I have always appreciated the warmth and friendliness of local people, and so it was lovely to learn that we are the first town in the country to be awarded the Courteous Town Award, a national initiative promoted by the National Campaign for Courtesy.”

Robert Zarywacz continued: “The response in Ilfracombe has been phenomenal. When presenting certificates and window stickers to individual businesses, many have been overwhelmed that people have taken the time to nominate and thank them.

“It’s a powerful reminder that it takes only a moment and costs nothing to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, but it means so much when we do.

“The National Campaign for Courtesy would like to thank Ann Widdecombe, the Mayor and the businesses and members of the community who have participated in the courteous town initiative and who make Ilfracombe such a courteous place in which to live and work.”

See full details of the Ilfracombe courteous town initiative.

For details of the National Campaign for Courtesy, please visit campaignforcourtesy.org.uk

Towns line up to follow Ilfracombe and recognise courtesy

Today we’ve been presenting more certificates and window stickers to courteous businesses in Ilfracombe. We’re catching up and soon all will have been presented.

What next? In the next week or so we will have some really big news, so do look in.

In May, a presentation on the Ilfracombe courteous town initiative was given at the annual general meeting of the National Campaign for Courtesy. There is considerable excitement with several towns waiting to follow in Ilfracombe’s footsteps.

More soon . . .

Towns line up to follow Ilfracombe and recognise courtesy

Today we’ve been presenting more certificates and window stickers to courteous businesses in Ilfracombe. We’re catching up and soon all will have been presented.

What next? In the next week or so we will have some really big news, so do look in.

In May, a presentation on the Ilfracombe courteous town initiative was given at the annual general meeting of the National Campaign for Courtesy. There is considerable excitement with several towns waiting to follow in Ilfracombe’s footsteps.

More soon . . .

The post Towns line up to follow Ilfracombe and recognise courtesy appeared first on please and thanks.

Towns line up to follow Ilfracombe and recognise courtesy

Today we’ve been presenting more certificates and window stickers to courteous businesses in Ilfracombe. We’re catching up and soon all will have been presented.

What next? In the next week or so we will have some really big news, so do look in.

In May, a presentation on the Ilfracombe courteous town initiative was given at the annual general meeting of the National Campaign for Courtesy. There is considerable excitement with several towns waiting to follow in Ilfracombe’s footsteps.

More soon . . .

100+ courteous businesses recognised in Ilfracombe #ndevon

Following the courteous town initiative from October to December, we have now recognised more than 100 courteous businesses in Ilfracombe. This follows a burst of nominations from members of the public.

We’re hoping to get certificates and stickers out to all recognised businesses in the next few weeks and the list will be updated.

And watch out for more news as Ilfracombe receives further recognition!

100+ courteous businesses recognised in Ilfracombe #ndevon

Following the courteous town initiative from October to December, we have now recognised more than 100 courteous businesses in Ilfracombe. This follows a burst of nominations from members of the public.

We’re hoping to get certificates and stickers out to all recognised businesses in the next few weeks and the list will be updated.

And watch out for more news as Ilfracombe receives further recognition!