Our Six Values for Individuals
If you value doing the right thing.
Acting honestly, with integrity and consideration for others.
Balancing fairly our own needs with the needs of others and honouring any commitments that we make. Having good manners and following rules of behaviour such as obeying the social distancing restrictions imposed during the pandemic.
Being accountable for our actions and calling other people and organisations to account for their actions. Basically, doing the right thing, Responsible Action is the glue that holds our societies together.
Examples for younger children: telling the truth; waiting to take our turn in a game; keeping our promises and not taking things that don’t belong to us
If you value caring for People.
Caring for people and valuing the dignity and diversity of others.
As if we want to be treated with respect ourselves, we need to treat others respectfully. Including making sure that we all have equal rights and equality of opportunities.
Examples for younger children:
Being kind to others, making sure that no-one is bullied and that we don’t leave someone out on purpose or act unfairly to make another person feel sad or lonely.
If you value learning and earning.
Self-improvement through learning, gaining skills, volunteering, working and supporting others who do, according to our abilities. So as to support ourselves, our families, to contribute to society and create opportunities for others. At the same time, not buying or using more than we need so that there are enough resources to provide for everyone, both for now and in the future.
Examples for younger children: Doing our best at school. Not being greedy. Helping other people when we can, for example raising money for a charity, teaching someone else how to do something or giving them a helping hand.
If you value the natural world.
The protection and enhancement of our planet, to better sustain and respect all forms of life on earth and the diversity of the features of the natural world.
Examples for younger children: Looking after our planet and all the life on it, including animals, birds, fish and insects. Looking after our planet can be as simple as putting our litter in a bin; recycling a can or using a paper drinking straw instead of a plastic one.
If you value strength in numbers through shared activities, opinions and beliefs
Supporting or being part of a community in a place or of liked-minded others, such as a member of a local club or association.
Volunteering at a charity or community group.
Being a member of a community of faith or culture.
Taking part in a sport or hobby, or a community of thought, including appreciation of the arts, sciences, our natural world and human heritage.
Supporting a team, a group that campaigns on behalf of a cause that you believe in or concern that you have.
Examples for younger children: Enjoying sharing things; playing games or sports, doing activities with others. Spending time with people who believe in or like the same things that we do, such as listening to the same type of music or supporting the same football team.
If you value connecting with others
Reaching out to others. Creating empathy and understanding by sharing your beliefs and Values. Listening to people and taking account of what they believe. Socialising, networking and forming meaningful connections with others, friendships and partnerships. Bringing people together to create happiness, prosperity and to provide support in times of difficulty.
Examples for younger children: being a good friend, cheering someone up when they are sad or liking a post on social media such as Facebook or WhatsApp.
If you’re having difficulty prioritising, then coming soon is our handy Values quiz ‘eValuate’ which will help you prioritise your Values.
Meantime, you can read more about Paul Parkes-Lewis to whom the Foundation is dedicated. Here we talk about how Paul lived his life well according to the Values that were most important to him. Is the way that Paul lived his life similar to the way you live now or want to live in the future?
And once you’ve identified your Values, read more about how you can ‘match’ with other people and organisations who share your Values and perhaps join together to increase the good that you create.