It’s #WorldFriendshipDay, and to mark the occasion we are challenging you to get out in your community and spark up some long-lasting friendships.
The power of community is undeniable, with studies showing that people who feel connected to their neighbourhood have a stronger sense of wellbeing than those who don’t. So what better day to make change in your local area–and boost those serotonin levels–than #WorldFriendshipDay?
Here are five ways to forge some new friendships in your community.
1. Buy Local
Skip the supermarket and head to the high street. Big chain supermarkets can drain up to 95% of profits away from your local area compared to around 50% at independent retailers, so by shopping local you will be supporting your community’s economy as well as sparking conversation with your fellow local shoppers.
Many charities run specialised befriending schemes where you can pledge to spend time with a local person in need each week or month. It could a young care-leaver, a newly arrived asylum seeker, or an elderly person with limited mobility. A quick search on this handy befriending database will reap hundreds of results to link you up with local people.
3. Get political
Whether you’re left, right, or somewhere in between, signing up to your local political party is a great way to make connections with like-minded people in your area. There are action days, meetings, and socials to get involved with, and you’ll be making a difference in your community. A few clicks on your chosen party’s website will help you discover local goings-on.
4. Challenge yourself
Head to your nearest park or gym and you’re sure to find a group of regular runners, walkers, or yoga bunnies working up a sweat. Have a chat with the group leader and join them–or even better, challenge them to take part in a charity trek, cycle, or run. There are plenty of opportunities to choose from, and you’ll be boosting your fitness levels while doing some good.
Many communities have dedicated groups on Facebook or online forums, posting everything from local news to furniture for sale. If the park needs a litter pick, find local groups and make a suggestion. If your area doesn’t have a forum yet, why not set one up? Start an online hub and post a few flyers to get your community talking.
Whatever you do for #WorldFriendshipDay, it’s all about connecting with people around you. So if you can’t do anything else, give a neighbour a smile or buy a stranger a coffee. Let’s make change this #WorldFriendshipDay.
Find out more about how We Make Change will give you the power to change the world here.
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