News Blog Why Community Matters From clapping for the NHS and keyworkers, checking in on our neighbours and meeting with friends for walks and coffee, the last two years have taught us that there is power in community. There is such an invaluable importance in having support available, having people that we can go to when times get challenging. For some, that community “setting” might be harder to find. The issue of loneliness and mental wellbeing was often highlighted in news reports throughout the pandemic. These are very real and current challenges that many of us face. A question that often follows is what can be done when we are faced with personal challenges of our own? This is when community can step in. I’m not saying that this is the ultimate answer to the issues raised. Counselling, reaching out and seeking help is always a good idea. For me, there is something amazing about having a group of women around me, those girlfriends that you can have on speed dial when the going gets tough and offer encouragement. When we might be having a challenging day or going through a difficult situation, there is something about having a group of people supporting you through it. Support can look like meeting regularly to have a chat and catch up in groups or one to one sessions. It can also look like praying for each other, sharing our stories and words of encouragement. Having that space of non-judgement, but of welcoming love and embrace can be a step in the right direction as we navigate through what we’re facing. The bible talks about how we should stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together but encouraging one another (Hebrews 10:24). This is such a powerful piece of scripture, reminding us that we are human, social beings. We were never meant to do life alone. Having a space that you can go to without judgement but instead encouragement, support and friendship is a stepping stone in the best direction for our lives. A direction where we keep our wellbeing a priority through spending time with others who want to grow and work on facing their challenges. Stuck on ideas where you can find a place to belong? Church There is always something going on at church! See what activities / clubs / groups are currently being held at your local church. The church community has blessed me greatly through many seasons of my life. It is my hope it can do the same for you. Churches often have social meetups and groups, a great place to meet people in your area while growing in your faith. Join a group at Street Connect Not only are our weekly groups a great help and source of encouragement to those who are on their recovery journey, they are a great way to connect with other people going through similar experiences reminding you that you are not alone. There is always the possibility that new friendships can be made too. Why not have a look and see what groups are available that you can be a part of? We have our Come As You are group, Family support, Transformation and Monday recovery groups. If you would like more information on any of these groups please do not hesitate to contact us. Join a support group If you are around the Paisley area, we have a weekly women’s group at our partnership location Life Church. This is a great way to meet other women. Why not join us for bible study? (Every Friday 11am-12pm). There are also men’s recovery groups at our Paisley Location (Life Church, every Wednesday from 12.30 - 1.30pm). No matter where you are in your recovery journey, there is a community and a place for you to belong. For more information on where we work and what we have available, please check out the below link: Where we work | Street Connect I hope that this post has encouraged you to go out and explore what communities are at your doorstep!