Here are the top five reasons why we think community work is so important:
Social action is most effective when groups of people work together towards a common goal. This is an important skill that can build confidence and be carried throughout education into the workplace.
Achieving goals set as a team within the community can improve your physical and mental health, evoking optimism and joy. It’s also said to reduce stress as you are able to focus on someone and something else.
Social action includes a range of different activities such as improving schools, the environment and working with local charities. This helps you build a relationship with the local community as you set goals together, investing in its places and people.
The activity you choose can relate to your course, giving you the chance to put what you have learned into action. This will allow you to explore your interests and to recognise skills. If you are trying something completely new, you might discover hidden talents.
It is important to be able to understand different social situations. Working within the community will help you build confidence, improve your social skills and increase your ability to interact.
We encourage all of our students to get involved in meaningful social action during College Community Days, in support of the #iwill campaign. Together, we can help to meet this target by volunteering throughout Canterbury.