I moved to Cleckheaton in 1999 and didn’t really take part in community life as I worked long hours outside of Kirklees. In 2018 I started volunteering for the Royal Voluntary Service and suddenly realised that I was a part of the community and what we have here is amazing.
If all you do is sleep in the place where you live, you don’t see what the local place has to offer.
Not long ago I attended a local event to help the Royal Voluntary Service fundraise and I felt such pride as thousands of people were there enjoying themselves and supporting others. I realised what I’d been missing out on.
When you live, and work, in this place you see more. When you’re working too much you don’t see what’s here. Lockdown has made me realise what’s in the community.
When you discover more about the place you live in you start to involve yourself and you discover qualities in the place and other people. You share a sense of pride.
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Thank you to Kerry for sharing this story after participating in one of our “How can more people come together to make local places better?” online workshops for Kirklees citizens.