Natural talents you enjoy using, things others say you’re good at
Things you’ve learned to do (at least quite well) – at work and elsewhere!
As neighbours, we care for each other. We care for our children and our older people. This care is the basic power of a community. Our way is made possible by the power to care. Democracy is the way we care for our freedom and responsibility. So, it is the new connections and relationships we create locally that build community.
Good neighbours look out for each other. Active and positive local connections help to make for not only better relationships, and also more eyes and ears to alert and prevent crime and anti-social incidents. The UK Safer Streets initiative estimates that between 11% and 47% of crime can be prevented with neighbourhood engagement (https://whatworks.college.police.uk/Research/Documents/Safer_Streets_toolkit.pdf)
Children have been found to be more likely to thrive where cohesion, trust and safety are high, where young people feel they have the support of others around them, and where hazards, such as graffiti and crime, are low. (McPherson K, Kerr S, McGee E, Cheater F, Morgan A. The role and impact of social capital on the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents: a systematic review. Glasgow: GCPH; 2013.)
People with healthy and supportive relationships live longer, and that these effects are surprisingly strong. Over the course of studies averaging seven years long, research participants with larger social networks were about 45 percent less likely to die. Holt-Lunstad J, Smith TB, Layton JB (2010) Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review. PLoS Med 7(7): e1000316. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1000316
Knowing as few as six neighbours reduces the likelihood of feeling lonely and is linked to lowering depression, social anxiety, and financial concerns related to COVID-19. (Study by experts in USA, UK and Australia, 2020. (https://about.nextdoor.com/global-study-finds-knowing-as-few-as-six-neighbours-reduces-the-likelihood-of-loneliness/)