Sense of Belonging
Sense of Belonging
DESPITE OUR LEVEL OF LIFE SATISFACTION, OUR SENSE OF BELONGING IS DECLINING
90.5% feel satisfied with their life (Self-reported – HPE data) — ONT 92.9%
It is a human emotional need to be an accepted member of a group. Whether it is family, friends, co-workers, a religion or something else, people tend to have an inherent desire to belong and to be an important part of something greater than themselves. This sense of belonging is a basic need, just like food and shelter.
Feeling that you belong is important to seeing value in life.
Having a sense of belonging to a greater community improves your motivation, health and happiness. When you feel a connection to others, you know that all people struggle and have difficult times. You know you are not alone.
When people are connected and care about each other, they develop trust. And trust unlocks collaboration, sharing, support, hope, safety and much more. Psychology Today, March 2014
How many of us feel a strong or somewhat strong Sense of Belonging?
Self-reported (HPE data)
The County is in a period of rapid change, good things are happening, but at what cost? Many are feeling a decline in their sense of belonging. By working together, our community can contribute to the success of all of the initiatives we report on here. Looking at the future, we can do what The County does best – HELP EACH OTHER TO BUILD A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE CAN FEEL THAT THEY BELONG.
WHAT’S BEING DONE
For youth there is the Greater Than initiative described under Learning, and the ROC and Prince Edward County Youth Centre based on Main St. Picton. In a safe, supervised environment, it provides opportunities, mentorship and programs that encourage youth success and contribute to a healthier community in The County.
The new County Seniors Centre offers affordable programming and will contribute to a sense of community in all corners of The County. Utilizing our nine town halls, PEC Community Care for Seniors offers events and activities close to where seniors live.
The municipality’s Age Friendly Community Plan is another welcome initiative. And there are ever increasing opportunities to volunteer and become part of local community events.