Stories News #CarrGommRocks Whilst in part being Carr Gomm’s contribution to the latest painted rock trend, #CarrGommRocks is one of the many ways we are promoting our values and mental wellbeing across Scotland. One simple, kind and inspirational message can change someone’s outlook on the day; and what better way to spread such joy than via a giant game of hide and seek around Scotland. "I wasn't looking for a rock. I just stumbled across it. It was colourful and had a message on one side, a message that felt like it was just for me. My heart jumped and I felt that someone was looking out for me." [Andrew] Launched in August by Louise one of our support practitioners #CarrGommRocks involves painting a bright and jazzy design on one side of a rock, and writing an uplifting and inspiring message on the other. The idea is to place the rocks in public spaces - such as local parks and beaches – then post a picture on social media of the rock in its hiding place using the hashtag #CarrGommRocks. Then what? The finder is heartened by the kindness written on the back. They re-hide the rock and post on social media, and the joy continues to spread. So far, #CarrGommRocks have been hidden and found not only in Scotland, but as far as Blackpool and even in Palma Mova, Spain. Why not join in and create your own rocks and hide them in your local area? We have listed instructions on how to get involved below. And don’t forget to get on social media, search #CarrGommRocks and see if you can find where they’ve been hidden. Hopefully our rocks will be found and hidden again and again, brightening the days of people across Scotland, and beyond. Happy hunting! What to do when you find a rock: Take a picture of the rock Share your picture on social media with the hashtag #CarrGommRocks Hide the rock again, ready to encourage and inspire the next finder How to create your own rock: Find a suitable rock: the flatter the rock the better as it is easier to paint and write your message on. Get creative: use pens and paints, and glue things on, to make them as colourful as you can…you want to make sure they will stick out. Add your instructions: once you’ve finished your creative design, turn the rock over and stick a label on the back with (or simply write with a marker) the instructions you want the finder to follow. These instructions should ideally be the same as our ‘What to do when you find a rock’ instructions above. Seal your designs: this can be done using craft sealer gloss, or even just some PVA glue. Find the perfect hiding spot: hide your rock somewhere that it is likely to be found…parks and beaches are popular places. Remember not to hide it anywhere dangerous e.g. near a road. Share your picture on social media using the hashtag #CarrGommRocks: your picture needs to include enough of the landmark/place where you have hidden the rock, so people can see where they need to go to find it. Top tip: try and keep your rocks in the bottom corner of the picture and have the rest of the photo as the landmark.