Most of us live in some sort of community. Whether that is somewhere in a city or a small village. However, just because of a bunch of people live near each other, it doesn’t mean that they are a community. Communities are places where people are passionate about the place that they live. Where they do things to help people within that community even if they don’t know them that well. There are numerous different ways that you can support your community. Here’s a selection of the best.
Do Some Handiwork
In a lot of communities, there is wasted space. Whether that be derelict land or a building that is falling apart. Why not build up community spirit by renovating or building something in that space? It could be a new home for a family to move in to, or even a community centre where clubs can be put on. Ask people around the community if they can help – there is bound to be someone with experience in construction close by.
Support the Children
As the popular saying goes, children are our future. They are the up and coming members of our communities and we want them to feel like they are a part of it. There are many different ways that you can help make local children’s lives better. You could volunteer to help out at a club (such as football, swimming etc.) or donate supplies/money to them.
Clean the Streets and Support Your Community
Nobody wants litter spread around their community. It makes the area look undesirable and makes people think that the members don’t care about it. You could start a community-wide litter pick, or just pick up any litter when you are walking by. A clean neighbourhood makes a whole world of difference.
Keep Money in the Area
Shopping at locally owned businesses will help support your community. These businesses tend to pump more money back in to the community than larger commercial brands. If you have a local newsagent then get your paper and milk from there instead of the supermarket. It may be a tad more expensive but it will help out the local economy.
Be Vocal in Local Politics
There are so many different ways that you can get involved in local politics. You can be supportive of a local elective candidate if you think that they’re going to be good for the community. You can constantly speak to the council if you don’t like the way things are being run. If you see the need for change, don’t just wait for it to happen – voice your opinion.
Be a Friendly Face
If you take away one thing from this list, make it this one. You should always be a friendly face in your community. Make sure that you are someone that people can stop and have a chat with. It will make everyone feel welcome and warm inside. Nobody likes a problematic neighbour, so if you aren’t already – be a positive figure in your community.