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5 ways to get involved in your new community

There are lots of benefits to getting involved


Written by Brian Manning and posted in opinion


This is an opinion of a young person and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of SpunOut.ie. It is one person's experience and may be different for you. If you'd like to write something for SpunOut.ie please contact editor@spunout.ie.


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As a young person moving into in a new community, it can be very daunting and scary, but a great way to make new friends and introduce yourself to the community is to get involved in things in your new area. Helping out and doing your bit for the community can also provide you with a great sense of achievement.

Here are a few ways you can get involved today:

Join A Youth Club

Youth clubs such as the No Name Club often help out around the community and volunteer. It’s a great way to meet up with your friends and have fun while also helping out the community.

Tidy Towns

Getting involved with the local Tidy Town committee can be really helpful for your area as the place can never look too clean, and they often struggle to attract young people to carry on the legacy. Also think of the sense of achievement and pride if your town was named the tidiest in Ireland!

Join A Local Team

This is a great way to get involved in the community. Crowds of local people love to come out to watch and support the teams in the community, and it can be an excellent way to meet new people and stay fit.

Volunteer at Local Events

Keep an eye out for notices about local events such as fairs or festivals. The community always comes out in force to help out with the preparation and running of these events. It can be a great way to establish yourself in the community and also meet new people.

Volunteer with Elderly

Whether it be with the local old folks home or a friendship club for elderly people, elderly people love to see young people come and visit and help out around the place, particularly as some of them may not have anyone else to visit them. It can be a great way to get involved and give back to the community. You can also meet many extremely interesting people in these places, hear the tales and stores of their experiences and adventures, and form a close bond with some of the members.

These are just a few ideas on how to get involved and integrate into your new community. Keep an eye out around the place for other opportunities as well as there will undoubtedly be many more.

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Published May 11th, 2017
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