What are some strategies to support your child taking part in community life?
There are many ways you can increase your child’s participation in community life:
- Get out and about in your neighbourhood with your child as much as you are able.
- Include your child in everyday activities like buying food from a local shop.
- Help your child to participate in the activity as much as they are able.
- Encourage small interactions between your child and others.
- Attend a children’s reading session at the library.
- Join a community garden.
- Join a playgroup or leisure activity.
- Read your local paper or council website to find out what is going on in your local community.
- Go to your local community centre or neighbourhood house.
- Think about what is getting in the way of your child’s participation in community life.
- Think about what could help overcome barriers and ask for help.
How do I start?
Start with people and places you know. Start with your child’s interests. Who do they like and what do they like to do? Confidence will grow through safe and supported opportunities to be part of community life.
Child safety is always very important. Care must be taken at all times. However, being supported to participate in community life will help your child learn more about the world around them – who to trust and how to take care of themselves.