Many community problems can be solved when people work together, with or without government help.
A lot can be done to improve our lives if we keep in mind we are part of a community and what we do or don’t do, even in the confines of our homes, will have an impact not just on us but everyone around us.
LPG solutions Solane joins The Sunday Times Magazine in outlining ideas on what we can do to help our communities and advance our common goals.
Help prevent crime. Start a social media group for your community where you and your neighbors can post timely and relevant information, updates, warnings and requests for help. Install more lights around your home to make you and your neighbors feel safer and more secure. If you can, install security cameras to discourage trespassers and record events that may be of concern to the community.
Keep your surroundings clean. By keeping your own space neat and tidy, you help keep your community clean. It might also encourage your neighbors to follow your example. Dispose of your garbage properly and segregate your trash. A pleasant environment will brighten up your community and help create a cheerful mood.
Prepare for emergencies. Attend meetings and seminars to orient your family on what to prepare and what to do in case of emergencies. Consult an expert on what to do before, during, and after a calamity. Ensure that everyone in the family has everything he/she needs, like first aid kits and go-bags. Making sure that you are prepared and know what to do is the best way to secure your safety.
Organize activities. To maintain a positive and healthy relationship among neighbors, bring them together through social and de-stressing activities. Hold a small yard party and invite everyone in the neighborhood. Encourage the adults to talk to each other and the children to play and get to know each other.
Be considerate. Treat your neighbors and their homes the same way you want to be treated. Whenever problems occur, do your best to settle them amicably. Avoid starting arguments or gossiping about others. Offer assistance to a neighbor who needs help.
Remember, communication is the key to a safe, secure and, most of all, friendly community.