When was the last time you showed a random act of kindness for your community?
Community care is important for making and maintaining meaningful relationships with the people around you.
Just as you would incorporate self-care into your daily routine, it’s just as vital to incorporate community care too.
In our article, discover just a few of the selfless acts you can do to boost camaraderie and improve the lives of others:
Call a Friend
The events of 2020 helped many of us to understand the true importance of relationships and connections. Being isolated from our loved ones was a strange and difficult experience. Since lockdown restrictions have started easing, many of us have begun treasuring the time we now get to spend with our friends and family and have to come to appreciate them much more.
To help our residents better cope with the consequences of the pandemic, at our homes, we invited them to engage with their loved ones via video call and phone call.
As the world continues to return to normality, try to think about those who may still be lonely; why not give them a call? Perhaps you have an elderly relative who lives in a care home, or have a friend who lives far away; these people may be in need of more frequent contact and support. Take some time to give them a call and let them know you’re thinking of them to help raise their spirits and remind them that they’re not alone.
Check in With Your Neighbour
How many elderly neighbours do you have that are lonely and isolated? Perhaps you could take some time each week to check in on them.
Offering to pick up some shopping, help with some chores, or collect their prescriptions are great ways of boosting camaraderie and showing support in your community.
You could also create a group in your area, in which you phone/check-in on those who may be in need of some neighbourly assistance.
Volunteer in Your Community
Community care can involve volunteering your services to support others in your community, such as helping out at the local food bank.
Many families have felt the financial effects of the pandemic and are utilising the help that food banks offer. Why not get involved and help serve those in need? You’ll feel great knowing that your community care work is helping to benefit those in your area.
You could also organise a litter picking day. A fresh, clean environment will help improve the whole community and bring people together to help make it a better place. You could also take steps to help eliminate litter in the first place, by encouraging recycling in the community. The local schools may get involved with encouraging children to make posters to put up around the community to discourage people from leaving behind their waste, too.
Send a Gift
Sending a gift is a wonderful way to let someone know you’re thinking of them. This doesn’t have to be a grand gesture; it could be some hand-picked flowers for a neighbour, or a box of chocolates for someone you feel needs a pick-me-up.
You could even remain anonymous and leave a little ‘thank you’ note for someone who you feel has been a pillar of support in the community. This could be the beginning of a new community trend!
Pay it Forward
‘Paying it forward’ refers to the act of paying for the person behind you in a queue - so, when they arrive at the checkout, they are presented with an unexpected surprise.
This works well in a coffee shop; for example, if you're ordering a coffee for yourself, you can request to pay for the order behind you in addition to your own. You never know how someone’s day is going, or how they may be feeling, so a random act of kindness like this could benefit them in ways you wouldn’t expect.
Why not read our previous blog to find out about when local students sent us kindness postcards? Alternatively, if you'd like to find out more about our care, please contact a dedicated member of our team.