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Values are the things that are important to us. They are our motivators, our drivers, the passion in our hearts and the reason we do the things we do. They guide us in our behaviours and choices. When we forget our values, we lose our way.

The purpose of World Values Day is simple: to raise awareness of the importance of our values in our lives, and to encourage us to put those values into action. In today’s uncertain and often alarming world, this is something that resonates with us all.

World Values Day is on 18 October 2018. The annual campaign has grown massively since the first one in 2016 and is supported by organisations such as the RSA, CIPD, the UK Values Alliance, PwC and Co-Operatives UK, and dozens of others from all over the world. Last year the campaign reached over 60 million people in over 100 countries, with activities ranging from big conferences and organised events to countless individual acts of kindness and humanity.

The main theme this year is about values in the community, and how with even one small action we can begin to make a difference.   

It’s easy for everyone to get involved in World Values Day and make a difference in their own communities - by themselves or with families, friends or colleagues - in four simple steps:

  1. Choose a community - it might be where you live, study or work, or a community based on faith, sport or other common interest. Or a virtual community.
  2. Choose a value that’s really important for that community.
  3. Take an action to put that value into practice in a way that makes a positive impact on the community (keep it as simple and practical as you can; involve others as much as possible).
  1. Share it. Take a selfie using the WE VALUE…” template and share on social media using the hashtag #WorldValuesDay. Add a fun photo, video, gif or boomerang to your post! 

There are plenty of tips and ideas available for those whowould like some inspiration on what to do on the World Values Day website. Have a look at the Values Guides  IndividualsOrganisations, Community Groups and Schools. Community groups or organisations might like use our resource pack on how to hold a Community Dialogue, or they could find out about the Values Challenge, our one hour values refresher course.  Or try a community walk, or just random acts of kindness.

There is something for everyone to do to bring their own most important value to life and begin to change the world.

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