By Lauren Johnson – Energize Activity Youth Worker
“Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
Over the past year, communities across Lincoln, the nation, and the nations have come together like nothing I’ve ever seen before. From doorstop and garden visits in the freezing cold, for a ten-minute chat about the week, to making meals as an act of compassion to those who have lost loved ones. This year communities everywhere have stepped up their game to love each other. I find it inspiring.
A study by Rachel Frederick (a wellness expert) in 2018 found that there are five benefits to being connected to a community; they include:
No matter if you’re an introvert or an extrovert, no matter if you’re a business owner or a stay-at-home parent, no matter if you live in a rural Lincoln village or off the high street, you’ll appreciate the benefits of a community (or two) in your life. Those like-minded people can be an amazing gift you didn’t even know you were missing.
What would it look like for us all to be in communities that benefitted our lives so much, that we had to tell others about it; resulting in them maybe joining too? I think it would look like people feeling more whole in themselves and knowing they can come exactly as they are knowing they’re unconditionally loved.
At Acts, we do everything in the community! We work to understand a communities needs, whilst working with those living in it to empower them to meet those needs. We do this through building relationships, empowerment, and encouragement which I think is pretty cool.
What kind of community could you join?