Skills

Things you’ve learned to do (at least quite well) – at work and elsewhere!

Care

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.

child raising

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.)

Health, longevity

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

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