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Building A Community in Your Guardian Property

Posted on February 13, 2022.

Building a community can be a rewarding experience, but when you’re living in a property with other people, sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start.

 

Recently, over on our social media (@globalguardians if you’d like to follow us!) we’ve been talking about Guardianship, the perks of being a Guardian and also giving some tips on how to make the most out of your Guardian property.

 

One of the things we wanted to focus on is the communal aspect of living in a guardian property. We’re sure many of our guardians and potential gardens will have lived with housemates before, and sometimes communicating with them and building a worthwhile relationship falls to the back burner when life gets in the way.

 

We think it’s important to build relationships and create a community. Some of our properties have 10+ people living in them and there’s a real opportunity to do some good in that kind of environment.

 

One of the things it’s important to remember is that everyone has their own boundaries and respecting and understanding what those are is a great starting point. Some people prefer privacy and some people might be shy, whilst others might reciprocate the enthusiasm to build a community. It’s important to check-in with housemates and ask where they’re at and what their comfort level is, not only will it make things easier for you, it’ll help to build trust with them.

 

If the living environment is important to you and your housemates, then perhaps creating a communal space that’s welcoming and comfortable is an excellent way to get to know each other. Bond over a DIY project like building furniture or making something from scratch out of recycled materials. You could even make the effort to organise a trip to a homewares store for some comfy cushions and rugs to brighten up and make the communal space cosier. Here is an example of a group that worked together to turn their communal area into a space that works for them. They divided the large space into areas to relax and really made it feel like home.

 

 

 

The next thing you could do is make a group chat. Not only is this a great place to discuss any household details, it’s a place where everyone can feel included in discussions even if they aren’t available in person. You could use it as an opportunity to organise a bonding session of sorts, perhaps get together for a household games night or venture out on the town to share a few drinks. Or, if you’re really wanting to get that community feel, see if there’s any way you can volunteer together! Giving a few hours of your week to a charity that benefits a cause you all care about is a wonderful way to not only get to know each other, but to do something good for the broader community.

 

There are also some smaller and more subtle things that you can do. Operating an open-door policy will let your housemates know when you’re in the mood to hang out and is a great way to establish some non-verbal communication. It also shows them how friendly you are and in a new living arrangement, that can be very comforting. If the most you’re ready to offer is a polite smile, that’s okay too. Not everyone is prepared to make friends straight away, but being a good housemate and being aware of their needs as well as your own is one sure way to let them know their presence still matters to you.

 

There are so many different ways and opportunities to create a thriving community within your Guardian property. The most important thing you can do is be a good housemate, respect your housemates’ boundaries and keep everyone in the loop when there’s a decision about something regarding the space being made.


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