You will need
- A4 paper
- A4 card
- Pens or pencils
- Hole punch
- Split pins
- Craft materials (for example, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, stickers)
Before you begin
- It’s best to make some sample diaries so everyone can see what they’re aiming for (and so you can practise making them ready to show everyone).
How to make a diary
- Use the hole punch to make holes in the paper, then put a treasury tag or split pin through the holes to bind the sheets.
- Use the hole punch to make holes in two sheets of card and put one on top and one behind the paper, threading the tag or pin through the holes to attach it.
- Write the owner’s name on the front of the diary and decorate it.
- The person leading the activity should explain that a weekly win is a planned act of kindness towards someone else.
- Everyone should make their diaries following the instructions above. Together, the group should decide how many weeks they’ll keep their diaries for. This should help them decide how much paper to include.
- Everyone should plan three wins for the next week – three ways they could be kind or helpful towards someone else. They should write one win on the top of the first, second, and third pages.
- Everyone should think about how they could reflect on their win afterwards. They should leave themselves space and add some prompts to each page, for example, ‘What happened? When did it happen? Who did you help? How did you feel after?’.
- Everyone should take their diaries home to fill out after they’ve done their weekly wins. They can keep decorating them at home, and if anyone does a spontaneous win they could write about that too.
- Everyone should bring their diaries back to the next meeting. They should take it in turns to share as much (or as little) as they like about the wins they had.
- Everyone should continue to use their diaries to plan and reflect on little wins. It could become a nice thing to look back on if they feel down, reminding them of all the ways they’ve made the world a brighter place.
Making weekly win diaries was a chance for everyone to boost their wellbeing and think about what makes them happy. Did people find that having the diary made it easier to remember to do kind things? Did anyone have a spontaneous weekly win beyond what they’d planned to do?
How did recording their weekly wins make people feel? Was it nice to have a record of thoughtful things they’d done? Did anyone realise anything about themselves that they weren’t aware of before? For example, perhaps people realised they were good listeners, good at remembering what their friends liked, or great at noticing when someone seemed unhappy.
How could keeping a record of little wins (and other good things) help people when they’re feeling down?
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
- Glue and solvents
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.