Now the restrictions of the Coronavirus pandemic are slowly easing, community events are the perfect solution to help reunite and reconnect people with one another.
The effects of the pandemic hit everyone hard and now it is more important than ever that we bring the people in our communities together, so they feel supported. Today, we will be discussing eight ways that you can achieve this through event planning down to kind gestures.
Hold A Yard Sale
A yard sale is a great way to bring the community closer together. Not only do they encourage people to get out of their houses and interact with others, but they are also an opportunityfor you to share your loved belongings with someone else. The great thing about a yard sale is it encourages conversations between yourself and other members of the community. You can build new friendships and create long-lasting bonds.
The purpose of the yard sale could be to make money for the community. Maybe you want money to build a little free library? This will further encourage people to get involved. You can find out how to organize a yard sale through some online research if you haven’t done one before. They sure are a lot of fun!
Go Shopping for Neighbours
Reaching out to your neighbors and offering your help is a great way to build stronger relationships with people in your communities. Some people may still not feel comfortable going out to the shops so it can be a thoughtful gesture to offer to go for them instead. This random act of kindness is sure to brighten up someone’s day and you may create a bond that is long-lasting.
If you have elderly neighbors, then it can also be a nice idea to cook a meal for them or why not encourage your children to have fun in the kitchen and do some baking? They can then go around the neighborhood giving away some tasty treats. After the pandemic, reaching out to your neighbors is essential in helping you spread positivity and kindness, which is something we are all in need of after a tough year.
Plan A Scavenger Hunt
There is no denying that scavenger hunts are a fun event for all involved. Planning one for your community is a fantastic idea to bring people closer together whilst also giving them a reason to get out and have some well-needed fun. With some research of your own you will be able to find plenty of scavanger hunt ideas that are fun for people of all ages.
The great thing about a scavenger hunt is it can take place in all weathers. If it’s raining, it’s time to grab your nearest coat and get exploring.If it’s cold, then grab your wooly hats and gloves. The fun doesn’t have to stop because the weather changeswhich makes it the perfect event for all year round.
Plan An Event
The pandemic meant that we were all stuck in our homes for long periods of time. For many, it was a difficult time and we missed interacting with others. So, now the restrictions are easing, what better way to brighten people’s day and bring them closer together again than planning an event. The event can be anything from a movie night in the local community center to an arts and crafts festival.
Regardless of what you choose to do you should be aware that planning an event takes a lot of time and organization. This blog post by Greenvelope gives you some fantastic advice on event planning from budgeting down to invitations. It is well worth a read to help you plan a successful community event.
Create A Communal Space
A communal space can become the social hub for your community. The beauty of this is the space can be whatever you want it to be. It could be a local community center or a community garden where people can grow flowers and vegetables. Having a space like this is ideal for bringing people closer together, especially those who may live alone. It gives them the opportunity to go somewhere and interact with others.
It is important to remember that a lot of people have spent the pandemic alone. So, creating these spaces is something that, for them, is well needed. It provides an additional facility for people to relax, socialize and enjoy.
Socially Distanced Street Party
Although restrictions from the pandemic have started to ease it is important to note that not everyone in your community is going to feel comfortable interacting with one another. So, a great idea to bring people together is a socially distanced street party. Everyone in your community can still come together and interact but from a safe distance that won’t make anyone feel uncomfortable. You can ask each member of the community to bring their own food and drink and place chairs and table outside of their homes.
As well as having the ability to strike up conversation with one another, you can also take part in some activities for entertainment. If you look online, you will find plenty of social distancing activity ideas. Social distancing certainly doesn’t mean you can’t still have a lot of fun.
Hold A Friendly Competition
Everyone loves a bit of friendly competition. So, why not hold one in your local area? The possibilities for competitions are endless and you are sure to never run out of ideas. You can even hold competitions that relate to the current season. For example, Halloween is fast approaching, and you can hold a community-wide competition for who can carve the scariest pumpkin.
Scarecrow competitions are also growing in popularity and many communities around the world partake in them. If most of your community get involved, it can really create a sense of togetherness as passerby’s will seethe front of houses being taken over by scarecrows. It also provides a lot of entertainment for those who get involved. For more community competition ideas, it is recommended that you conduct some research of your own. You may be surprised at just how many ideas there are out there.
Arrange A Community Cleanup
As well as bringing people closer together, it is also important to look for ways that you can do so whilst giving back to the community. Arranging a community cleanup is the ideal solution. It will help to make your neighborhood a better place to live whilst setting a good example toothers. To organize a successful cleanup takes a lot of planning and organization. You will need to recruit enough volunteers to make the event effective. Luckily, with the help of some online blogs, you will find plenty of helpful advice on how to plan a community clean up. This is a great way to make connections with others whilst doing something great for your community.
With the help of some of these ideas above, you will be well on your way to creating a friendly community. Since the pandemic, it has become more important than ever that we support one another in every way possible. It’s time to bring your communities closer together to help create a safe and inviting environment for all.