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Why is Community Involvement Important For Children?

Being part of a community gives a child a sense of belonging and acceptance. It helps develop self-esteem and fosters empathy and connection towards others. Children can learn new ideas and expand their understanding of their society through interacting with community groups and meeting people they might not usually cross paths with. To help you explore some of these benefits in further depth, an independent school in Somerset has shared their insights. 

Taking part in a community project with a charitable objective teaches children the importance of helping other people. Knowing that they are involved in something that is making a difference will give children a feeling of purpose and boost their overall self-esteem. Children will have a feeling of purpose and will learn their strengths and capabilities.

Being part of any group will help to support good mental health as social connection helps to develop a sense of identity and a positive self-image. Connecting with a group of like-minded peers and mentors provides children with a network of people they can rely on for support should they need it. 

Children who engage with community projects also learn important life skills and develop a more comprehensive view of their society. Understanding the issues and hardships that other people face will cultivate empathy and encourage your child to do what they can to help those who need it. Volunteering to visit elderly neighbours to help with odd jobs could teach children the importance of caring for others who aren’t as able.

Donating toys to a local children’s hospital will encourage children to be grateful for their health whilst giving them a sense of pride. They will have the opportunity to develop new skills and uncover strengths they didn’t know they possessed, all whilst taking part in something that they can be proud of.

Sarah

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