As humans, we all have a responsibility to support and better the local area where we live, and all the more so when it comes to families. No one relies on local services quite like families with children. Families can have a hugely positive impact on their communities, both by encouraging more people to move to an area, but also by doing their part to look after the infrastructure and contribute in a good way to other people who reside there.
Here are just a few ways your family can support your local area.
1. Shop locally
First and foremost, you can support your community by shopping local. Following the Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of independent businesses have struggled to get back on their feet which means a lot of local economies have been negatively impacted, and this affects every aspect of community life.
As a family, you likely spend a lot of time at the shops, be it for clothes, food, sanitary products or toys. Rather than ordering online as a matter of convenience or going to a big chain store, consider shopping small where possible. Affordable ways you can do this include going to local markets for fruit and vegetables, visiting second-hand shops and charity shops for toys and clothes, and seeking out the services of local tradespeople if you need anything doing around the house and don’t have time to do it yourself.
2. Use local facilities
Your ability to use local facilities will depend largely on where you live. If you live in a very rural area, you may be forced to travel in order to have a family day out, but there is still something you can do to support your local community. If you have a local swimming pool, try and use it at least once a month. There’s nothing wrong with travelling to a fun pool further out, but using your local facilities works in the same way as supporting local businesses.
Lack of use and budget cuts threaten countless public services like libraries every day. If you have one, make sure you use it. Rather than buying books, take your children to the library to borrow them. You may also find that your library runs clubs like baby groups. If they do, why not attend one day and see what it’s all about?
Even if you live rurally, there will be things you can do in the local area, be it a weekly stroll or a picnic at the park. By staying close to home, you’ll be both supporting the community but also lessening your environmental impact.
3. Get involved with community projects
There’s nothing wrong with being proud of where you live, and there are many ways local communities aim to make people love where they live. Lots of villages and small towns plant flowers for bloom competitions across the country. It takes a massive effort from those who live in the area, but the results are beautiful and benefit everyone passing through, as well as those who live there. Check to see if your community does something like this and see how you can support the effort.
Another way you can support the community is with small, selfless acts such as litter picking. By tidying up the environment of waste, you will find that your area looks nicer and more welcoming, and everyone will be grateful for the effort. This is also a great way to teach your children about recycling and rubbish management.
These are just three ways your family can positively impact your local area. Will you be trying any of these?