by Daniel Bell
I’ve covered a lot of home renovation ideas in the past, but today, I thought I would do something a little different. As much as we make our homes as perfect as possible, we can sometimes forget about the outside world and our local communities.
Yes, communities! Remember them? We’re a lot more transient these days when it comes to moving homes, and it can sometimes be apparent in certain areas. It’s a shame, as a robust and friendly community can help you get a lot more out of life.
I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently and decided to look up some ideas for introducing community back into the neighborhood. Here’s what I found – maybe something like this could be something that you can do in your locale?
Neighborhood watch groups are great – and not just for increased security in your community. They are also great for making sure that the less able members of your community have someone looking out for them. And, of course, they are the perfect chance to get training in CPR and first aid, so if there’s an emergency, someone will always be around. It’s this kind of community activity that can engage people – and it might even save some lives!
There are a lot of benefits of residential groups, according to Cedar Management. They state that community groups give people the chance to make improvements in their locale. They can also help maintain public areas, and increase the value of the house prices in the area. If you can persuade other residents in your street or block to make a commitment, it’s a great way of keeping the area looking great.
You could also set up a green community group in your neighborhood. It can start with simple tasks like litter picking rotas, to make sure that the area always looks its best. You can then move into areas like sustainable food from local farmers. Once you start embracing the challenge, there’s no end to what you can achieve. You could even set up solar panels and become an entirely self-sustained community.
Build a Garden
If there is green or brown space spare in your community, why not fill it with a garden or children’s play area? Get in touch with your local town planning department and see if they will give you the green light. You may be eligible for a grant, or you could do some charity events to raise money. It doesn’t take much – a swing on a tree and a basketball net is all you need to get started.
Hold a Street Party
Street parties were common several decades ago. And, although the trend seemed to disappear for a while, they are definitely returning. It’s good to see. I don’t think anything beats bringing people from a community together than fun activities, great food, and a little live music. Why not organize a street party for your community next summer?
Have any more ideas? Then just drop me a line in the comments section below!