Thursday 13 September 2018

Where is Your Community Spirit in 2018?

Last Updated: 17 January 2022

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When was the last time you did something for the good of your community?

In today's increasingly fast-paced, digital environment, traditional values are becoming less commonplace. Community spirit, once the stalwart of towns and villages up and down the country, is one of these values that is losing touch with the modern world and the next generation.

So, I have one question to ask you... Where is your community spirit in 2018?

In the past, community spirit was central to the success of the town or village. From local fairs and fetes to the WI, everyone knew everyone else and for the most part, neighbours were there to help one another out.

The towns of today, on the other hand, will paint a different story. Thanks to the fast-paced nature of our lifestyles and the need to be constantly 'switched on' and always on the go, our free time is at a minimum and with it, our concern for those outside our immediate circle of friends and family has dwindled.

Of course, this isn't always the case, and there are always some exceptions to the norm, but sadly, this is the fate of countless towns and villages across the UK.

Why is Community Spirit Important?

Community spirit brings an area together, encouraging neighbours to meet and socialise with one another while working towards the common goal of a safe, equal and enriched community. And after all, who wouldn't want that?

How Can You Become More Community Minded?

It's really not as difficult as it may seem! Although not everyone will want to get involved in their local community, you may well be pleasantly surprised by the number of residents who will want to help you make the neighbourhood a better place to live.

Here are a few ways in which you can work to develop your local area's community spirit:

  • Organise a litter pick in the local area. Make sure to provide supplies like bin bags, gloves and litter grabbers and organise it on a dry day to maximise the number of people who turn up to help!
  • Promote community events like exercise classes, children's clubs and sports groups. The chances are that more people would attend if they knew about the variety of activities and events that are on offer locally
  • Promote the use of recycling facilities; recycling can also be done at work and when out and about - not just at home! 
  • Organise a neighbourhood watch initiative. Do your bit to keep crime levels down and look out for your neighbours as they look out for you. If your area doesn't already have a neighbourhood watch scheme, you can find more information about setting up your own initiative online

Are you feeling inspired yet? There are numerous ways in which you can actively work to reverse the current trend and inject a new lease of life into your community. What are you waiting for? Why not get started today!

Have you ever done anything to help your local community thrive? Let me know in the comments below!

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