Mummy says…We are lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of the country, but my particular town lacks a bit of community spirit. I have been thinking about ways to connect more closely with the people who live near to me and have found a few tips to help me – which may help you too.
1. Take part in charity events
Look online to see if charities are planning any fundraisers nearby that you can get involved with – and if there’s nothing in the calendar, why not take the initiative and plan something yourself? Getting stuck into these events is a great way to bond with your neighbours. As aid and development charity Human Appeal highlights, fundraisers can range from charity dinners to car boot sales, there’s many options available. If there are lots of parents and children in your area, family-friendly events like bake sales or themed picnics could be perfect. Get together with a few of your mummy friends to make plans!
As well as giving you a great chance to spend time with the people who live close by, fundraisers have the added benefit of making money for a good cause.
2. Get to know your neighbours
It is difficult to find time to speak to your neighbours if you’re super busy, but if you want to feel connected to the community, it’s important to make the effort. Simply stopping in the street to chat to people and ask them how they are is a good start, and if you’re willing to go the extra mile, why not invite your close neighbours over from time to time for a coffee or glass of wine?
In the summer, you could make the most of a spell of good weather by arranging a street party – this is a great way to celebrate an event such as a Royal Wedding, Anniverary or Birth.
3. Organise litter picks
These are held regularly on my local beaches. If the streets, parks or beaches around you are in need of a tidy up, why not put a team together and arrange a litter picking session? Taking pride in your area in this way can help you and your neighbours to feel more connected to it – and to each other. Litter picking also gives you the chance to get some fresh air and a little exercise too. You can get tips and safety information
online from organisations like LitterAction.
These simple ways of spreading the love in your neighbourhood could help to create a stronger sense of community and make living there more enjoyable.
Do you have any similar schemes running in your area? Have you taken part in any?