Your community and neighbourhood
Being part of a community is good for you. Connecting with others with whom you share a common interest can give a sense of satisfaction and lead to longer term friendships. Community activities to get involved in may include sport, music, gardening, book clubs, environmental groups, churches or volunteering.
People who are connected to the community often feel safer, are less lonely and have better mental health.
Knowing your neighbours provides peace of mind and someone to call on if you are in need. You don’t have to be best buddies, though being friendly and catching up occasionally gives you both a sense of well-being. It’s also easier to work out any issues if you are on friendly terms to start with.
Being neighbourly means you can ask them to water your plants or put out your bins when you are away and they can ask you small favours. Your home should be a place where you feel comfortable – feuds with neighbours can take away from your sense of security.
Getting involved in Neighbour Day is a great start to making connections in your neighbourhood. www.neighbourday.org
Volunteering is a positive way to get involved in your community. Studies have found volunteers are happier and healthier than those who don’t volunteer. Volunteering provides meaningful activity, contributes a value to the community and helps people feel as if they matter. Volunteering opportunities in Australia are many and include bush care groups, schools, sport, nursing homes, cultural institutions, churches, hospitals, political parties and special local events.
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