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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ingham

Community: What is it and how can I be part of it?

What is community?

‘a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.’

Or even

‘The condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common.’

Having a sense of community unites us. Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It can give us opportunities to connect with people, to reach for our goals, and makes us feel safe and secure. It's important for every person to have a sense of community. A strong community can greatly benefit families and businesses in a variety of ways. In an age where technology both connects us ands separates us, a local community can greatly benefit our well being and can increase our contentment in day-to-day life. As we get older, it can sometimes get harder to connect with the people around us. But, that connection will ultimately ease stress and feelings of loneliness.

As a part of a strong community, we are a part of a group of people who want to help each other, whether that is socially or professionally. What makes a community strong is its unanimity towards a common goal. Our goal as a community at globalbridge is to provide every student with an opportunity to showcase themselves in a meaningful and current way.

Creating your evidence-based profile, allows you to show people all of the skills, talents and experiences you have had in life and what shape you as a person, and show what you have to offer. Being part of the globalbridge community allows you to access opportunities you may not have necessarily come across, and even discover avenues in life which you didn't know about.

So, how can you evidence that you know what it takes to be part of a community? Here are some ideas:

  1. Help a neighbour. There are so many outside jobs to be done before the winter, and some people don’t have the time or physical ability to get it all done before the snow flies. Even an hour of your time would mean a lot to someone struggling to get their chores done.

  2. Make/send cards to a hospital or nursing home. Seniors and those in hospital love cheerful surprises; so gather your crafty friends and create handmade cards to donate to local facilities near you.

  3. Lend your eyes. Volunteer to read books, provide computer assistance, and otherwise lend a hand to those who are visually impaired.

  4. Check in. If you have older neighbours, or those with physical challenges, check in regularly to see if there’s anything you can do to help around the house. Sometimes even seemingly small tasks like changing a ceiling light bulb can get put off for months because there’s simply no one there to do it.

  5. Remember the animals. Collect up old newspapers, towels and blankets and donate them to your local animal shelter.

  6. Teach a skill. If there’s something you’re good at, be it knitting, writing, painting or baking, why not share your passion with those around you. It is a great way to ensure that the skill is carried on.

  7. Deliver groceries. If you have a neighbour who is ill, or who has trouble getting around, offer to pick up and deliver their groceries.

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