Encouraging your child to get involved in the community will help them to meet new people, improve their personal skills, and benefit them academically and professionally.
If you would like your child to take more of an interest in community projects, here are some great tips from an independent boy’s school in London…
1. Find a cause
There are many ways that your child can help a community; from picking up litter to sending cards to a local care home; just have a think about how they can make a difference. Have a chat with your child to find out what they are passionate about. Working on something they already have an interest in will help to motivate them. For example, if they have a favourite park they could volunteer as a conservationist there, planting trees and protecting the wildlife.
2. Give back
One of the easiest ways to help the community is to give back. If your child has stopped playing with certain toys you could encourage them to donate them to a local nursery or hospital. Do the same with old clothing. Set your child the task of clearing out their cupboards, and then take any items that no longer fit to a local clothes bank or charity shop. You can explain to your child where their belongings are going and how they will make a difference to others who are less fortunate.
3. Raise money
There are lots of fun ways to raise money for the community. Whether it’s baking, cycling or setting up an event, your child will enjoy getting involved. Fundraising is also a great way to teach children about social responsibility and how they can make a difference to others lives. The best way to inspire your child to start a fundraising campaign is to choose an activity that they already enjoy. For example, if they enjoy cooking, they could organise a bake sale at school. This is a great way to combine fun activities into giving back.