Communities play an important role in every aspect of our lives. We have communities in our friends, our families, our employment, our neighbourhoods and in so many other places. We find community in the sports teams we support, or the artists we enjoy, even the food that we like. 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.
The word community is, without question, central to human experience. Being part of an engaging community gives us a sense of belonging. It enables us to share personal relatedness and support perpetual growth of each other, ourselves and our environment.
A place of opportunity
A strong community is a place of opportunity. Large or small, a community can provide countless opportunities for growth and experience. With a community of people looking out for your best interests and working together for a common goal, there is no shortage of opportunities to strive for something that you want. Whether that is looking for your first job or undertaking your first public speaking event, a strong community can give the support you need to succeed.
Having a sense of community
Having a sense of community embraces spirit, character, image and pride and is a vital element of a healthy community. It is a feeling that people within the community matter to one another, with a shared faith that their needs will be met through commitment and togetherness.
A strong community can greatly benefit families and businesses in a variety of ways. In an age where technology both connects us and 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 any connection with a community will ultimately ease stress and feelings of loneliness.
Community in action
Many schools profess to have a strong family community. It is very easy to put this in school literature, in the knowledge that it is what parents really want for their child, a sort of home-from-home where their child will feel safe, loved, supported and encouraged. The hard part is actually living that sense of community, day by day. That takes effort to maintain.
We have had a fabulous day. As a community we have come together to shoot a very special film which will be published shortly. It was really special to be able to watch our school community come together to create something which I hope demonstrates our strong family ethos. Watching staff alongside children today, laughing and enjoying something slightly different from the norm, has been very rewarding. It makes me feel very proud of Yateley Manor; very proud of everybody who makes the school so special.
“Community is about doing something together that makes belonging matter.” (Brian Solis)