Who isn’t charmed by the idea of living in a community where everyone knows each other and where it feels safe?
A place where your social calendar revolves around fun community events and where that sense of belonging provides the ultimate comfort?
What if I told you that no matter where you live, it has that potential?
I live in the suburbs, but I bump into all the same people all the time. We shop at the same handful of grocery stores, our children go to the same few schools and they all play the same sports on offer. That’s because family life normally remains as local as possible. It’s convenient, and it allows us to enjoy a sense of community without even realising it.
But there are plenty of other ways to find your local community that don’t involve rushing around buying food with kids in tow or depositing children at various activities. By participating in any number of activities you meet new people who have similar interests to you. Everyone becomes a potential new friend and soon enough, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of community life no matter where you live.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Lend Lease. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
By contacting your local council, you can volunteer your services to a number of activities. There are committees that organise everything from farmer’s markets to school holiday festivals to helping those in need. We all have something to offer, particularly to those less fortunate than we are. You may not realise this but no matter where you live, and no matter how affluent it seems, there are always those who could use a leg up, or a fence repaired, or their dogs walked…
2. Join the club.
Do you enjoy singing? There are plenty of opportunities to join local choirs so you can sing all you want. And if singing isn’t your thing, think Zumba, Mother’s Groups, Rotary or book clubs – there’s a group out there to suit any interest. Start with your local churches, gyms and schools and then look at volunteer organisations. As soon as you sign up to join a club you’ll meet new people with similar interests and build your social calendar at the same time.