By its very definition, community spirit is a positive trait that we should all embrace. From getting to know your neighbours, to learning about different cultures and lifestyles, there’s a lot to be gained from being involved in your community.
However, it’s not just a case of the feel-good factor, as community spirit actually helps the economy on an enormous scale. According to research commissioned by The Big Lunch, social isolation and disconnected communities cost the police £205 million, health services £5.2 billion, and businesses a whopping £12 billion per year. The reasons include poor mental health going unchecked, crime rates increasing and workforces feeling unmotivated, with the result being nothing but negative for neighbourhoods, cities and the country as a whole.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, as contributing to your community is easy, effective, great fun, and can even give you a new lease on life. With this in mind, here are some suggestions for encouraging your staff to make community spirit a priority both in and out of the workplace.
Befriend an elderly person
Whether they live in their own house, in a care home, alone or with loved ones, elderly people can often feel a little disconnected from this ever-changing world. A befriending programme matches you to someone who shares the same interests, which means that it’s easy to break the ice. Age UK runs an excellent befriending service, as well as weekly friendship calls for the over 60s.
Take part in a litter-picking event
Everyone benefits from a neighbourhood, park or waterway looking its best. Sadly, litter can really damage its appearance, not to mention the local ecosystem. That’s why councils, universities and other organisations set up regular litter-picking events, which are designed with safety, fun and inclusion at their core. In just a couple of hours, you’ll have made an area more welcoming, ensured the proper recycling of waste, and possibly made a few new chums in the process.
Learn another language
Growing your vocabulary is always good, but it doesn’t have to be limited to English. By learning an additional language, you’ll enhance your overall learning skills, create opportunities to collaborate with people from other cultures, and even make ordering a drink whilst on holiday much easier. Whilst courses and private tutoring are great, it’s also worth looking out for language sessions in cafes and community centres, as these provide opportunities to socialise with likeminded people.
Help out at your local Pride
Most cities have an annual Pride event, so give them a ring to see how you can get involved in the next one. It could be anything from flyering and spreading the word, all the way to making costumes and building parade floats. Getting involved as a business can also present excellent sponsorship opportunities, which is beneficial for both parties.
Volunteer here, there and everywhere
There are countless charities looking for people to spare a few hours a week, which could lead to all kinds of achievements. From foodbanks and immigration services, to homeless shelters, pet rescue centres and environmental groups, you can do your bit toward making the world a better place and easily fit it into your weekly schedule.
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