Community is important as it provides safety and security in our lives. It provides us with a support network; people we can connect with as we travel through the rollercoaster of life. It gives us the drive to reach our goals and promotes a positive mindset. Whether it’s a family unit, joining a band, or making good friends at university; feeling like you belong somewhere is important for us humans.
Online communities such as Facebook and other social media platforms allow us to reach out to others around us. We can follow causes that matter and organisations that we believe in. It can stop us from feeling like outcasts in society, as well as keeping us attuned with what’s going on around the world.
The community can provide us with a sense of achievement. Volunteering your time is not only rewarding but can also improve your sense of self, by exploring your identity and figuring out your likes and dislikes, whilst meeting people from different walks of life and different backgrounds.
Not only is creating a circle fulfilling, but it also means that you will not have to face your battles alone or in silence. Community unites us and empowers us to be the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be whilst enhancing our joy and happiness. It teaches us the value of working together to achieve goals beyond our own needs.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”.
Diana, Project Hope Team Member
We are thrilled that thesprout.co.uk/blog has written a piece on us. Read an excerpt below, and hit the button at the bottom to read the full article
The COVID-19 global pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on individuals and communities. Naomi Lea, 21 , our founder and project co-ordinator realised this would have a profound impact on young people “In this crisis so many young people are finding that loneliness is a real issue – they haven’t been able to socialise with friends face to face or do the things they enjoy.”
She set up Project Hope along with 15 other young to organise online gatherings for people aged 13-25 three times a week. Project Hope aims to tackle youth loneliness by creating a safe space for individuals to come together, meet new people and have some fun. The project therefore addresses the needs of young people to connect with others during this uncertain time and scary time.
With schools closed, extracurricular activities cancelled, and community services perhaps impacted by the current pandemic, many young people are likely to find themselves…..
We are coming up to our 9th week in lockdown and restrictions are starting to slowly ease. There is a lot to think about. How long will it take before things are back to normal? Have we learned new ways of doing things or has lockdown put us in a more vulnerable situation?
I have managed to pull through my university exams, curious about what my next academic year may look like. Young people are digital natives but I very much look forward to seeing how the lockdown may change the way we interact in the future. It’s interesting to see how this experience has brought about our community spirit.
Having a routine has encouraged me to persevere. This can help us to keep focused and take your mind off the perplexity. Going out for a jog isn’t for everyone – it definitely isn’t for me! Using this time to focus on strengthening your “right-brain” can give us the space to visualise our feelings through music and poetry, or you could even consider taking up a paint-by-numbers challenge – a new hobby of mine.
Staying connected on zoom and taking part in quizzes with a society that I am part of a university, has meant that I have still been able to share good memories with the people that I love spending time with.
Reaching out is important; no one is alone and it’s okay to ask for help. Even the strongest people need someone to lean on at times. It has been a strange time for a lot of people and using this time to help others who are in a more difficult position can be rewarding. It’s important that you look after yourself too. Take time out if you need to and ensure that you have a good support network that you can fall back on. We all need to balance putting others first with setting healthy boundaries
- Diana, Project Hope team member
At Project Hope we want to create a safe online space for you to feel part of a community but we understand that sometimes, we all need a bit more help. Unfortunately as we are not a support service in that way, here is a list of places and people you can reach out to and the links to their websites: