One of the best ways to give yourself a sense of purpose in life is by getting into a cause that is beyond just you, and focuses on the wellbeing of others. A lot of this can be done through our various community groups as we come together and play our part in impacting our society through social action.

The reality is that there are very many people in need out there, from the homeless, to refugees, to victims of violent crimes and so on. The list is usually endless. This article is meant to encourage us as members of the Havering Borough Community to come together in unity and involve ourselves in services geared towards improving our society.

I will therefore look at four ways in which we can bring our community together through social action.

We need to work on forming better collaboration

As a community where we have a significant number of successful business entities, fully functional government facilities and well as vibrant civil society organizations, we need to focus on bringing together these different entities as well as involving the wider community to tackle some of the various social problems that we face today. It’s a no brainer that there is always strength in unity therefore we need to make use of our joint resources to bring social change.

We need to tackle the stereotypes

One of the greatest modern day challenges that we face are terrorism and extremism, refugees, unemployment and violent crime among others. Whereas we at Havering Borough Community have been spared of some of the negative effects of these social problems, we can’t burry our heads in the sand and assume they will never get to us, we need to be proactive in tackling them and this will involve tackling the stereotypes associated with such problems.

There is need for a common ground

One of the challenges about communities made up of so many diverse people is that they can rarely reach a common ground. Different people will often have different priorities and you therefore can’t make them commit to an activity that doesn’t fall into their priority list. This is why involving the community in social action is a good start because the social problems that we all face give us a common ground to stand on.

There is need for unity

As the saying goes, people who tend to walk alone will walk fast however those who walk with others will walk far. This is very applicable in a community setting because if we decide to live as individuals within our communities then we can be guaranteed that we will be overwhelmed by our problems however if we live united as one within our communities, we will be more stronger in tackling the social issues that we face therefore creating a more conducive environment for us to live in.

I look forward to a scenario where each and every member of the Havering Borough Community comes together in unison through social action so that we can have a better community to raise our children and their children’s children.

Even though most of us may have busy schedules that may prevent us for actively participating in such causes, it may be a good idea to enroll our kids so that they can grow up knowing the benefits of social action.

I trust this has been an eye opening read.