Our lives are becoming more local. Green living is at the forefront of many people’s minds as is our impact on the local community. Small businesses are being championed, even by major companies like Facebook and Instagram who have created ways to celebrate and support those in your local area. In an age where globalisation has taken over, one where we are more connected than ever, people are now looking to their neighbourhoods and seeing how they can get involved.
As such, there has been a shift in our community living. Community gardens, volunteer schemes, classes and clubs are all becoming the new focal points for residents wanting to improve and participate in their community. Businesses are adapting too. By earning trust and contributing to the local area in ways outside of their basic service, businesses are thriving, especially on social media.
This is leading to a transformation within the home. In the wake of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, our homes and our neighbours became more important than ever. People’s isolation led them to reevaluate how their houses accommodated their living. Additionally, being in such close and regular proximity to their neighbours, led them to discover what type of community they valued.
During isolation, many have taken to redesigning their homes. Using the time to add insulation, redecorate, and take on projects has been a luxury for some, and it has led to a significant question that many are asking themselves. How can my home be better for the community?
Well, if there is to be only one answer, it would be simple: There are many ways.
Thanks to a huge social shift toward sharing economy, there are indeed more ways than ever to open your home to the community. People are renting their cars and parking spaces, others are hosting classes and yoga sessions from within their home. Pop-up events, such as opening your home for an evening of cooking, are a fantastic way to meet local residents who share the same values.
Supper clubs have become a hugely popular endeavour as people look to the community to share their enthusiasm for food, often with extra twists, such as Pasta and Poetry nights. Others are building studios in their gardens, redesigning summer houses or erecting log cabins, so that they can invite others to use them as a workout room or recording studio.
These concepts are no longer unusual and part of this popularity may be due to the financial incentive too. One huge benefit of a community-focused area is the wealth that is created. By building a yoga studio in your garden or teaching from your front room, the locals that attend will be supporting you. Cars rented out to those in the neighbourhood are a great way to add to your earnings.
People are transforming their gardens into growing spaces and hosting beehives. Not only are the products harvested great to sell at your local market, but they are also grounds to teach others in the area about their design. More people are looking to develop their skills, such as bread-making and ceramic design, which is bringing neighbours together to teach one another.
Despite the internet connecting us with people thousands of miles away, communities around the UK are looking at how they can improve the area they live in. It’s a worthy pursuit because, as with all neighbourly acts, the benefits work both ways.