John Donne, the poet, said that no man is an island unto himself.
We are all part of networks of relationships and communities. Many of the rituals of life are communal activities: being named or christened, getting married, retiring, dying with funeral services and so on. The way we live, die and are supported is often a reflection of the community we live in.
A community needs nurturing and if it is not it will die and there will be nobody to mourn for it – the neighbourhood becomes an emotional and caring desert. A good community offers help but so often relies on volunteers to provide it. We need to be put as much into the volunteering pot as is taken out – it is incumbent on us all to invest in volunteering.
The Chilterns is fortunate that a lot of community help is available and easily accessible. If you have a need, then the organisations below may well be able to help. Again, be prepared! Anticipate, listen to others, know what is available before there is a crisis – it is so much easier.