The Dollar Affect

There has been a lot in the news about recently about America’s financial situation, something about falling off a cliff, but today’s blog is about a much more simple American idea.

Shawna Wood has set up a not for profit organization, with a simple plan to get every US Household to donate a dollar a month, to help bring about positive change in the US and around the world, see I told you it was easier to understand than the other reasons the dollar has been in the news.

Now $1 can’t really get you much but of course if you add lots of dollars together you are able to support lots of charities, as shown on the dollar affect site. click here to see what charities they have supported

As if that wasn’t enough good work to be getting along with Shawna has also started a random acts of kindnes movement, which I am sure previous YDIR winner, Life Vest Inside (click to go back to the story) would appreciate. You can view Shawna committing random acts of kindness on her you tube channel. I love the idea but honestly struggle to watch the videos, I think it is because I am British and approaching strangers feels so unnatural that even watching some else do it, makes me feel very uncomfortable!

I don’t think I could do what you do, but Shawna Wood, You’re Doing It Right!

Mr Ydir

Post Pals

Post Pals is just fantastic, I stumbled across it via a Tweet from former YDIR winner Alice Pyne and I just had to make sure I updated the blog as soon as possible, so dog walked, dinner eaten, Master Ydir in bed here it is. 

If my word press app has worked you should see a nice banner below which should take you to their site which will tell you all about what they do and how you can get involved, but basically they run a charity that sends and encourages others to send letters and gifts to sick children and their siblings, because of the simple fact that getting a unexpected bit of post does cheer up a sick child and makes the world a nicer place.

Post Pals - Putting a Smile on Childrens Faces

It was the idea of Vikki George who suffers with ME and noticed the one thing that cheered her up whilst she was bed bound was receiving things through the post, so now Post Pals exists to help spread that good feeling around.

Vikki George, You’re Doing It Right!

Mr Ydir

Joe’s Diner 292 U.S. 24 Wabash, IN 46992

In my internet travels I stumbled across a great story of a waitress doing it right. Fellow blogger Ashley Leavelle (this a a link to her blog) witnessed someone not just doing their job but doing a great job of doing their job. I’ll put her experience in quotes as I love that function, plus I can just copy & paste as typing on a tablet is rsi inducing.

I don’t know if I can paint the picture well enough to make you understand how beautiful this was, but I’ll try. There was a table a few feet away with a dad and his two kids. The daughter was likely around 10 and the son perhaps 4. Before their food came, the dad went down to the bathroom and left the kids at the table (keep in mind it’s a tiny town so this is ok). While he was away, the waitress brought the food to the table. As she sat it down, she asked the little boy if he wanted her to cut up his pancakes for him so he could start eating. You should’ve seen how happy that little boy was. She got everything cut up and asked if he wanted syrup on them too. He did. She poured the syrup all over them until he finally told her it was enough. I don’t know if it’s just me, but there was something so touching about watching this simple act of kindness. It warmed my heart.

So well done waitress at Joe’s Dinner, You’re Doing It Right!

bInspired by vInspired

After the great title the pressure is on to write a blog that at least matches it, but at usual the quality of the writing will always be vastly overshadowed by the brilliant job or thing being done by someone else.

Today’s YDIR goes to vInspired which is a charity that is focused on helping young people do good things and as this site is all about people who do good things, it makes sense for me to say thank you to the people behind vInspired for inspiring and helping people do it right. has loads of great projects and opportunities for young people to get invloved in the very worthwhile world of volunteering, although I am a bit concerned by the suggestion that young people are aged 16-25 as I am over 25 but still consider myself young!

A great example of one of their projects is Retail Ready People. I hope it will get another roll out soon as I especially loved it for using empty retail shops, as I think something should be done to turn empty shops into something positive for the local community, which would bring more people into the high street and invloved in their bit of the world.

vInspired, You’re Doing It Right!

Mr Ydir

A bit late to the Movember Party

And a bit late/rubbish with keeping this blog up to date, but still let’s not dwell on the past just look forward to future updates of people doing it right.

As you might have guessed from the title, today’s YDIR award is related to the increasingly popular annual charity event, in which men raise money and awareness of men’s health issues by growing a supporters badge across their top lip.

If you’ve not heard of the event go to where you can read about the charity’s aims and perhaps satisfy yourself that you weren’t going mad and there were a lot more mustached men that all at once just disappeared.

I would like to award the YDIR to whoever came up with the idea in the first place, but the history of movember is a bit cloudy, as wikipedia will show you,  but that doesn’t matter because I can award it to all those who took part (over 300,00 in the UK alone!) and all those who helped behind the scenes.

As it is my blog I would like to draw your attention to one team of mo bros (as they were a inspiration for this post) who between them raised over £1,500. You can visit their mo space here and admire the range of mustaches that were grown.

Mo bros and Mo Sistas, You’re Doing It Right!

Sometimes the worst things, bring out the best in people

The internet has taught us many things, sadly one of which is don’t believe things that are written on the internet. There are many stories / urban legends that grow up around big news events, they are often light on hard facts and full of glurge 

I normally steer clear of these kind of stories as although I could probably blog a new one every hour, I believe quality is more important that quantity.

I am making an exception for the story below, as I believe the person who reported it is genuine.

On Friday 19/10/12 a series of hit-and-runs took place in Cardiff in which 13 people were injured and one person killed, there was a great deal of media coverage, however the news of human kindness was not reported. In his own words Ray Monsell gives details of what he saw:

Amidst all the carnage and the chaos that ripped through Cardiff Last Friday….one little story that restores your faith in human kindness. In the early evening, a group of students arrived at the Accident and Emergency department at the Heath Hospital…..they were weighed down with bags of food and drink. Having seen the events unfold on telly…….they had gone to the shops , and with their own money had bought enough food to feed a small army. They had figured that the people involved would be too busy to stop… they had brought something for them to eat. It was for the doctors, nurses, paramedics, family relatives, police, fire and rescue…….it was for everyone. A small act of spontaneous kindness by a group of students who “Just wanted to do something to help” . Having delivered the food , they hung around “In case you needed blood donations”. It was a bad day in Cardiff last Friday…….but little things like this are so very important……They provide hope in the middle of all the despair……There are a great many good people out there……but it seems we only get to hear about the bad……..which is why this simple story needs to be shared.

So there you have it, people Doing It Right, people doing their best to readdress the balance between good and bad.

Thank you Ray for sharing this, and thank you to those mentioned in the story above, You’re Doing It Right.

Mr Ydir


Still doing it right aged 92

That is not a typo, today’s YDIR award winner is 92 (ninety two)! Ruth Perkins helps run a number of activities for Self Help Enterprise, including a bingo and a lunch club for lonely pensioners (who are younger than her!) . She has had not one, not two but three hip operations but that just means she has to sit down a bit more often when she is out collecting money for various different charities. Ruth was helping out at self help enterprise 10 years before I was born, and whilst it would be a bit of a stretch to say doing it right helps you live longer, I think it is fair to say doing it right helps you live better. Don’t believe me, go and check out this BBC interview I hope if I live till 92 that I am still as happy and active as she is. Ruth Perkins, You’re Doing It Right Mr Ydir

Growing Skills

Hello, Please accept my apologies for the lack of blog recently, which is entirely down to me getting distracted by lots of things, such as the day job, potty training (not for me, but for Master Ydir I got the hang of that quite some time ago) and a wedding amongst other things. The lack of blog is definitely nothing to do with the lack of people doing it right, there are so many at the moment I am struggling to keep up, but as always we welcome nominations so if you would like to see someone given a YDIR (You’re Doing It Right award) please email and I will let the world know about their good work.

Right let’s get back on track with telling fantastic people that they are doing a great job.

Today’s YDIR award goes to Becky Kelly who has set up a community garden in Rusholme. You can read all about her good work on

As the title sort of hints at, the project is about more than just growing fruit & veg. The idea behind the project is to help people develop skills that they can add to their CV. Becky works at the local Jobcentre which means the project is being used to help bring the Jobcentre into the local community, which again is a really great idea.

So for having 3 great ideas rolled into one project, it gives me great pleasure to type Becky Kelly, You’re Doing It Right!

Mr Ydir

P.S I’ve not as yet managed to track down a twitter profile for Becky, so if you know her please point her in the direction of this site, or if you live in Rusholme (or are willing to travel there) maybe give her a wave as you walk past the local Jobcentre.

Better Late Than Never

I should have posted this two weeks ago, and part of me thinks that the moment has passed and it is too late to say thanks and you’re doing it right, but then part of me knows that Dusty (site creator) wouldn’t agree with that kind of thinking and all of me would have to agree that Dusty is right.

Just over two weeks ago I went along to an event organised by  the Collect it was called Spoon Fed (mentioned in my last blog) and it was excellent.

You can read about the event and the propsols here and if you look carefully at the photos you might catch a rare glimpse of Mr Ydir, who did manage to stand up and say words for 3 minutes,  although I’m not sure I managed to put them into coherent sentences.

Now unusually for this blog I am able to give a enough notice for a forthcoming event, Spoon Fed 4 will be on 14th October, more details will be added on the Collect’s website in August but for now what you need to know is that it is in Bristol on 14th October, oh and it’s well worth going along.

I really can’t emphasis enough what a good idea the Spoon Fed events are, and in the absence of having influence on the British honour system I will have to say thank you to , the Collect, You’re Doing It Right!

the collect logo

Spoon Fed Number 3

Is a microfunding and networking event that is taking place 24th June 6pm in Bristol.

I would definitely recommend that you read more about the event by clicking here and if you are about why not go along, it’s a great idea with 8 projects pitching for some money to help their projects along the way.

The more observant of you will have noticed that one of the pitches looks a bit familiar, as I will be making my first official public appearance to ask people to support the ongoing YDIR project of saying well done to people doing a great job.

Mr Ydir