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We all want our children to grow up in a world that’s free of crime, in a street where they can play freely with their little friends and where we don’t have to worry the moment they step out of the door. It might sound like we’re living in a dream world, and the idea of living in a danger free world is unreachable. But, there are certain things you can do to improve the quality of life for your children and your neighbours alike. And that’s making your neighbourhood a better place.
Neighbourhoods are much different then how they were just 10 years ago, with most of them lacking a real sense of community. But if you want your children to live in a neighbourhood with a good foundation then read on for some simple ways you can make a difference.
Invest in some signage
You’d be amazed at the difference a few helpful signs could make throughout your neighbourhood from things like simple From No parking signs and parking lot signs help drivers find where to park to keep off the grass signs and warnings about dog fouling. Erecting signs also makes the neighbourhood look as though its cared for, which sets a precedent for the rest of the area. Speak to your local authority and see if there are any regulations you need to follow with regards to public signs.
As mentioned above, things are a little different know when it comes to communities. We no longer pop next door to borrow some milk, a baking dish or even a recipe. However, making friends with your neighbours is the simplest way to start to lay the foundations for a community. That way, if anyone needs help with anything – you’re there. Getting to know your neighbours can even help to reduce crime in the area, as you get to know what’s normal behaviour at their property at what isn’t. So, next time you see your neighbours introduce yourself and always smile and be approachable.
Volunteer in the neighbourhood
Another way to improve your neighbourhood is to volunteer to make it a better place. Volunteering doesn’t just make your community spirit better, but it’ll also bring you closer to those who live around you. You could volunteer to pick up litter in the area or try and arrange a litter pick with other likeminded residents. You could also consider planting flowers and blooms to make the neighbourhood look prettier!
Host a neighbourhood event
These kind of events are the best way to build a community. Whether it’s an opportunity to meet new residents or something that you’re hoping to run every six months or so. A community BBQ, or a picnic in a green area, or an event at the village or community hall. You can ask your neighbours if they’d like to help you plan the event and get local children to help decorate or make invitations. Getting everyone involved will really boost community spirit.