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NOW CLOSED Love-bomb your town! What would you do to make folks in your town smile and feel happy? Vouchers and a day in a Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid to be won!

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 29-Apr-13 10:22:28

Toyota is currently running the Toyota Positive movement and would love to know how Mumsnetters would use a Toyota Prius Plug In Hybrid to brighten up London or your local area for a day. Here's what they say:

"We're inspiring uplifting gestures and selfless acts of thoughtfulness by combining the good-natured public spirit with the positive power of the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid. Whether it's releasing a boot-full of bright balloons next to a dreary bus stop or taking your elderly neighbour to the hairdressers; post your positive idea here by 6th May and the Toyota team will choose the best positive idea to bring to life. Be sure to support your favourites with a comment!"

So please share your ideas for bringing some positivity to your local area, including any fun and selfless acts your DCs would like to do.

Those of you who comment and are based in London will be in with a chance of winning the use of a Prius Plug-In Hybrid* for a day along with everything it takes to bring your idea to life (on the weekend of 11/12 May). For those of you not in London, please also share your ideas on how to brighten up your local area, you could win a £200 Love2shop voucher. To make our lives easier Please do state where in the World you're from when posting grin

Need inspiration? Visit for some uplifting and entertaining stories of people spreading positivity.

Please note if your idea is selected as a winning entry, your day with the Prius Plug-In Hybrid will be filmed and/or photographed and may be used in various marketing material, so please only post if you're happy to do this.

Thanks and good luck,


Deliver food to my local food bank

Sorry, I'm in NW England, food banks are important to me as my bible study group donated food for Lent instead of giving stuff up.

Just me?
-How about taking supermarket orders for people with mobility problems and delivering their shopping.
-Taking people to church or to vote.
-bringing bedding plants to liven up the gardens of people who can't bend to plant things, or building them a raised bed so they can keep gardening.
-taking a friend's children out for the day so they can have some time to themselves.
-make a big vat of soup, separate it into individual portions in sealed tubs and deliver to new mums/poorly people/carers/elderly people.

Doogle2 Mon 29-Apr-13 11:48:20

Not from London but south England.

As a family we support a local charity that provides support to children who have lost a parent. I would have liked the workers and volunteers to have delivered a big box of doughnuts and flowers to know that they are very much appreciated. They spend so much of their time helping it would be lovely to give a little back.

dahville Mon 29-Apr-13 13:38:36

From south east Wales & I would pack up my son & husband and head to the beach with gloves & garbage bags to clean up the mess.

BoysWillGrow Mon 29-Apr-13 14:07:52

A person in costume giving out helium balloons or cupcakes to the children/ adults in my town. From the south east.

Oodsigma Mon 29-Apr-13 14:18:19

North West. A twist in the food bank one. Delivering parcels in rural areas as even the satellite ones in smaller towns are making big distances for people to come. We often deliver with work.

youmaycallmeSSP Mon 29-Apr-13 15:36:48

East Anglia. It's very frivolous but I'd love to drive around town with several bubble machines streaming bubbles out behind me grin

Spirael Mon 29-Apr-13 16:42:59

I'd either need an army of cars, or one with a trailer attached that was kitted out with comfortable seats and a roof cover in case of showers! (Possibly with balloons and banners too, just to make it pretty.)

I'd then put a bus number in the car window and drive along that route, picking up passengers for free and taking them to their bus stop destination.

Means everyone would get a seat and be able to travel in relative comfort, and they could keep their bus money to buy themselves a treat with!

And even those people we couldn't fit in would at least get to see an interesting looking bus driving past without being able to stop, as opposed to the normal, overloaded, generic bus sailing by.

However, I'm in West Yorkshire...

TenaciousOne Mon 29-Apr-13 16:47:14

London- Take people who struggle to go out shopping so they can get all their essentials without having to worry how they will get it home. There are a few who I watch struggle getting home pushing their trolleys.

Wolfcub Mon 29-Apr-13 17:29:25

from yorkshire.
I'd fill the back of the car with small pots full of brightly coloured plants - tulips, crocus, iris, daffodils etc and pop them outside all of the local shops on out very grey high street, one one each aide of every door (two per shop), each charity shop would also get a brightly coloured hanging basket full of contrasting flowers

whattodoo Mon 29-Apr-13 17:32:27

Arrange a lovely sunny day so that the children at the special needs school near to us can go to the park and enjoy a picnic and games.

whattodoo Mon 29-Apr-13 17:33:25

Oh, and I'm SE England,

gazzalw Mon 29-Apr-13 17:41:49

London again - as a roving vehicle for handing out free (from supermarkets) food rather than throw it away. I guess going to areas with known homelessness etc... possibly in conjunction with the Salvation Army or some other organisation that has a handle on poverty, homelessness etc...

CheeseStrawWars Mon 29-Apr-13 17:53:04

"releasing a boot-full of bright balloons next to a dreary bus stop" - that's a really bad idea, environmentally speaking. The Marine Conservation Society and RSPA both campaign against balloon releases. So please don't do that, Toyota!

HoveringKestrel Tue 30-Apr-13 00:11:58

I'm from Manchester and I have a few ideas.

You could hold a 'Number Plate Raffle'.....who ever turns up at a charitable even,t pays a pound and enters their number plate into a Toyota Tumbler, whose ever number plate is drawn out wins a Toyota prize. You could do in line with a Cinema releasing their newest car themed film.

You could visit a Childrens Home and take them all out for a Go Kart day.

You could take one lucky competition winner (child) out on a Toyota Sponsoured Hot Air Balloon ride.

Toyota could donate a car to the (maybe single) Mum/Dad who has selflessly helped others in the community.

Toyota could, in conjunction with a toy company, hold a child's competition in which a child designs a toy car. All donations of the purchase go to charity this is my favourite

Tortington Tue 30-Apr-13 00:28:28

"with everything it takes to bring your idea to life "


MerryMarigold Tue 30-Apr-13 13:31:46

I love the idea of putting flowers along the high street.

I would fill the boot with flowers, dress my kids up (they are rather sweet) and drive them round our deprived area of East London, stopping the car for them to get out and give a flower to anyone who looks bored/ too busy/ lonely. I would attach a little tag to each flower saying, "You are precious..."

GladbagsGold Tue 30-Apr-13 14:48:18

from the Midlands:

I would drive round all the local parks to meet up with Bear Grylls type people ie Scouts/Guides/Play Rangers etc dropping off wood, marshmallows and flasks of hot chocolate so every child in the area could go along to a campfire, sing songs, watch the stars and walk home.

youmaycallmeSSP Tue 30-Apr-13 14:52:45

Custardo wins!

PolkaDotCups Wed 01-May-13 04:36:05

Free little tubs of strawberries and blueberries handed out along the seafront on a sunny day (just as nice and not as messy as ice cream). Hopefully would encourage people to enjoy a bit more fruit than they otherwise might have done that day. I'm from East Sussex.

I would take alternative bounty bags to the local maternity hospital which contain a selection of nice baby bits, a book and most importantly every bag would contain a chocolate gold medal with 'well done' on it.

I would also at the same time make tea for all the MWs on the ward and give them an afternoon tea buffet that lasted all day.

Don't know if it's a good idea, but maybe one or two people would appreciate a nice bag of treats after giving birth. smile

BoffinMum Wed 01-May-13 15:17:39

Along with university colleagues, I would have a word with our local garden centre and get them to donate a load of stuff, so children at a local school could grow their own food, and I would use the car to collect and deliver all the gear. We would then plant it all up with the kids and teach them a bit about sustainability and the environment.

katiewalters Wed 01-May-13 15:38:21

my son loves baking and he loves flowers. there is a park in the centre of the area where there are some flowers, but thats it really, so some flowers elsewhere would brighten up the place a bit, and i know my son would love to help plant some. also he would love to help me bake cupcakes, which we would give out to people who live by us, just to make them smile and brighten their day

Oodsigma Wed 01-May-13 16:25:31

Ooh I like tribbles the bounty woman stalked me as I moved rooms and kept trying to give me leaflets but nothing useful

BumpyS Wed 01-May-13 17:54:52

London - replace all the mini cabs out there...they always look so shabby and ugly!

Hopezibah Wed 01-May-13 22:32:32

Not in London, but in SE England. I always see little patches of wasteland that I imagine could be put to great use growing vegetables.

It always amazes me how colourful our own garden gets as the veggies grow throughout summer - first those bright green shoots, then the dark green leaves, then red strawberries, orange pumpkins, bright tomatoes, purple beans, lettuce of different shades of green and purple, those bright yellow courgette flowers, pretty pink apple blossom and the list goes on and on.

Imagine if lots of little spare spaces were put to good use like this - not only would it brighten up the place but would end up with yummy food to be given to the poor or homeless. xxx

Uppermid Thu 02-May-13 07:17:50

Sorry custards can't win, cos that would not brighten my day at all!!!

Not in London, sorry.

I would love to brighten up my town by firstly offering a ring and ride to anyone needing it in the morning and give them a lift to the shops/errands etc.

Then I would fill the car with flowers and hand one out to everyone who walks past with a smile on their face, or anyone who looks as though they need something to make them smile.

GladbagsGold Thu 02-May-13 18:04:21

I was reading the latest on this thread, and thinking how cheesy it is, but kinda nice... and it struck me that Cheese Is Nice.

So as well as the campfire idea I already posted, I would amble round giving out CHEESE. I would steal all the cheesy puns from that thread the other day and quote them as I give away the cheese.

Silverlace Thu 02-May-13 21:17:59

I would use the Prius to go to a party wholesaler and buy lots of paper plates, cups, table cloths and loads and loads of bunting. Then I would go to a caterer and buy lots of sandwiches, cakes, tea and fizzy pop.

I would set up tables in the high street (fortunately pedestrianised!) and invite local support groups eg Stroke Club, playgroups, etc to an impromptu street party. There would be music and entertainers for the children (but not clowns - I hate clowns). I would use the Prius to chauffeur people to the party who otherwise couldn't get there and take them home with a smile on their face.
I am in the East Midlands.

I'd turn the local town square into a giant games area with hula hoops, chalk for drawing hopscotch on the floor, giant chess sets, skittles, noughts and crosses.
Every one is too serious and needs something to help them have fun.

Spirael Fri 03-May-13 12:22:19

Well, if we're going along the lines of cheesy puns, GladbagsGold... Then I shall name my idea the Toyota Pribus! grin

i asked my ds' for ideas and they would like to stand outside the local shops on a Saturday morning and give everyone free ice cream to make them smile . We're in Norfolk!

likesnowflakesinanocean Fri 03-May-13 13:07:26

Im from cheshire, id plan an outdoor event with something for everyone because thats when our town pulls together

poorbutrich Fri 03-May-13 13:51:36

As I understand it, the Toyota Prius is extremely quiet, so my idea is to fill the car with elderly people with dementia. We're based in the Thames Valley where there is a pioneering group called Singing for the Brain which helps stimulate people with dementia through the power of music and song. We'd get some members together in the Prius, crank up the stereo, wind the windows down and serenade the people of the town, giving the bad boys playing their drum and bass a run for their money!

inneedofchocolate Fri 03-May-13 15:09:42

I'm in Manchester and I would go to the children's hospital and see who is getting discharged and offer them a lift home. You never know when you are going to get out of hospital and arranging lifts is a nightmare. I would also ensure that all children get a free car shaped balloon!!

trice Fri 03-May-13 17:47:26

I would hire a cheerful brass band and give everyone afternoon tea. I am in Yorkshire.

AnAirOfHope Fri 03-May-13 19:06:00

I would need loads of cars to give to support groups where members and school children could decorate and.have a canival in Rotherham town centre. With prizes for best float, best stand, best dancer and a king and queen who get voted for by the twon on how they help the communaty.

I would deliever leaflets inviteing people to take part in a bake off or food contest and share the food with the twon and food banks. I would invite bands and musisans to take part in a talent contest and off people free music lessons.

I would invite Rotheram College of Art to show students work so free hair does, free mending or repairs or student hold letchers on their subjects for the town.

Then at night i would delieve an out door screan and have a movie night and hand out free popcorn.

Rosehassometoes Sat 04-May-13 10:23:16

I'm in West Yorkshire

Lots of people can't afford to holiday away fromhome so:-

I'd rebuild the open air swimming pool in the local park or at least the children's paddling pool.

Make a giant sand pit with buckets and spades and old fashioned striped for the adults to sit on.

Put rowing boats on the lake to hire for a nominal fee.

Create a 'jumping water' area.

Have a games area with croquet, chess and giant jenga.

Turn some of the bushes into animal sculptures!

Rosehassometoes Sat 04-May-13 10:23:59

That's striped deckchairs

chrismse Sat 04-May-13 14:48:41

I would hold a Mad Hatters Tea Party in the Town centre and ask everyone let the children dress up as characters from the book. I am sure that would be fun and everyone could take part.

shellandkai Sat 04-May-13 15:01:50

I live on derby and most people around my area don't really talk to each other etc but every important day eg jubilee royal wedding we have a street party it makes everyone smile we have loads of people from all different streets around our area come and join in our celebrations and all the neighbors club together doing food, music etc I would do that as it has been a great way to meet new people around our local area and everyone that joins in is smiling for weeks after and still talking about it. The 1st one that I joined in I had been in the area for about 6 months and didn't know anyone. By that day I knew nearly all the neighbors on my very large street plus alot of neighbors on other streets around the area too. The best way to make anyone smile is to have friends, and a fantastic day that the whole family can enjoy together.

milk Sun 05-May-13 12:14:44

Buy a Portable car freezer, fill it with ice-cream, drive around and hand it out to everyone in town grin

ataraxia Sun 05-May-13 15:02:38

North West

How about driving past old peoples homes, hospitals, bus stops etc giving out flowers and cake. The donators should be dressed as super-heroes, of course!

I would saw the roof off the Toyota, fill it with compost and make it into a community vegetable patch.

I live in North Yorks.

zipzap Sun 05-May-13 22:00:53

I live in Milton Keynes which is famous for its roundabouts so I'd wrap a few of them up with a big ribbon (probably made out of bolts of brightly coloured fabric given the sizing) and bow to make them look like big presents and make people smile as they drive past.

And then at rush hour I'd hand out party bags to everybody stuck in the traffic waiting to go around them - with old fashioned party bag stuff in like a slice of cake, a balloon (one of those rocket ones that is very long and thin that you blow up and let go and they whizz around the room with a long squeal), a sherbet dibdab and a silly toy like a little wind up robot or a stress busting cow or a pop up monster.

Oh and a toy prius car of course!

Wuldric Mon 06-May-13 19:55:20

The prize is a day in a Toyota Prius? I'm just checking that I've properly understood.

<checks dictionary definition of prize>

Wuldric Mon 06-May-13 19:58:04

Here, have the online definition of 'prize'. Note the idea that it is something of great value that is worth struggling to achieve.

Definition of prize
1a thing given as a reward to the winner of a competition or in recognition of an outstanding achievement:
her invention won first prize in a national contest
a thing, especially an amount of money or a valuable object, that can be won in a game of chance:
the star prize in the charity raffle
[as modifier]:
prize money
something of great value that is worth struggling to achieve:
the prize will be victory in the general election
2chiefly historical an enemy ship captured during the course of naval warfare:
the sloop had been taken as a prize
[ late Middle English: from Old French prise 'taking, booty', from prendre 'take']

I vote for hope zebra. Guerrilla gardening is def the way forward!

Spirael Thu 09-May-13 15:23:11

So, which idea did Toyota choose? smile

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 13-May-13 11:51:52

Thank you to everyone who shared their positive ideas - there were lots of great suggestions! The winner of the day with a Prius to bring their idea to life is...


The winner of the £200 Love2shop voucher is...


Congratulations to you both!

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 12-Jun-13 14:12:10

The Mumsnet/Toyota Positive video is now live! See Mumsnetter, TenaciousOne, spreading some positivity here grin

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