For those who regularly read my blog you will know that sometimes I start a post by posing a question. Well today is different I am going to make a statement. Community is a group of interacting people living in the same area. I disagree I think it is so much more than that.

I was talking to my good friend and academic Rebecca Blane, when she posed the question have you ever been in your community and asked yourself … am I in the right place? No! That is likely due to the bond/ the feeling of belonging that being part of a community creates. It is the same bond shared by being part of a family, it is the all for one and one for all motto that the 3 musketeers shared.

Community has become a hot topic since the current government took power, David Cameron has given it the name ‘Big Society’ striving for care with in the community working together for a common goal.

Many young people are affected by their community, it goes without saying that if you grow up in a very well to do area with all of your role models having great self-discipline and working hard to get to where they want to be, you will inevitably follow their lead. Furthermore if you grow up in an area where the majority of people have little motivation to aim high (for whatever reason) then you are likely to follow that. (Although there are exceptions)

Perhaps it is then important to tackle the culture that exists with in the communities to show them that achieving is something they should be able to do. It is noticeable that this will not happen over night, nor will this come solely from a political party, simply because of the amount of time taken to make a change. It seems to me that the most important thing is to plant an idea, a seed of thought. An idea can never entirely be destroyed and if nurtured can grow and grow and ultimately create change. ‘Once something has been shown to be doable it becomes common place.’

Many Thanks To Rebecca Blane for the editing.


~ by Nathan Fuller on January 16, 2012.

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