Long after the glitter and glitz of London 2012 has faded, a lasting memory remains for those who attended and the millions who watched the spectacle on television, writes Jo Banks of Volunteer Centre Swindon.
During those few short weeks of the Olympics and the Paralympics, there was such a positive atmosphere, a tangible sense of goodwill, people got on, spoke to each other, shared stories and made friends. In essence the nation surprised itself by discovering a great sense of togetherness.
At the heart of this were the Games Makers, thousands of ordinary people who, by giving of their time, created this special feeling which radiated from London 2012.
Community is something we all share in and belong to. But it doesn’t just happen, communities are made by the people in them. For example a community centre is just a building, an empty shell, without people to to use it or run it. Ordinary people who, like the Games Makers, give a little of their time to help out, get involved and by so doing, create a benefit for all.
Being a community maker is something everyone can do. No special skills are required, just a willingness to get stuck in and give a little bit of time. Thousands already do this across Swindon.
So, where do YOU start if you’ve been inspired by the Games Makers to get involved? Your local community centre or library is a good place to go for ideas. Offer to help out at the school fete or sports club, a jumble sale, a boot sale or perhaps you have a skill you can share with others.
The possibilities are endless, and you don’t need to commit your whole life; giving just an hour or so can make a huge difference. You may not change the world but you might change your community.
Alternatively contact Volunteer Centre Swindon for information, advice and an introduction to a community activity.
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