Community Living 01
These children are in a playgroup. This can be described as their 'community'.

Community Living 01

This KS3 Citizenship quiz takes a look at community living. The word community has several different definitions in a dictionary. In citizenship, it refers to people living in a particular area. It can also mean a group of people who share common interests. The people who live in your village, town or city could be classed as a community. People who share the same religious beliefs, people who play online computer games and people who are in business could also be classed as communities too.

Communities often organise community events. This is done for different reasons. Sometimes, a community event is intended to raise money but other times, a carnival or fete is organised so that the whole community can relax and enjoy themselves. An example of this is the Notting Hill Carnival in London, which began as a small community event in 1966. Now it is a huge annual event attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world, but is still organised by the local community.

Sometimes, people are left out of a community. It isn't usually anything deliberate, perhaps they don't have children of school age or maybe they can't walk very well. There are many other reasons. Some communities are better than others at looking after these excluded people and organise events that will help them to join in with community life, or organise visits if they can't leave their home without help (house-bound).

Which of these best describes a 'community'?
A group of people living together in one place
Eating bread and drinking wine in church
Sharing or exchanging information
Travelling some distance to and from work
The word community can also be applied to plants and animals living in the same place
A community for toddlers might be .......
a bowling club
a playgroup
the Girl Guides Association
the Women's Institute
Playgroups are good for parents too as they can make new friends while their children are playing
Which answer is NOT a community?
Family barbecue
Working men's club
The idea of a community is normally about a group of people from different families and backgrounds
Some communities are policed. Which of these would you expect to be so?
Fitness centre
Housing estate
Housing estates are not 'managed' or 'controlled' by anyone, so the police keep an eye on things
What is a 'community chest'?
A box to place valuables at the swimming pool
A fund for charitable activities in the community
A get-together where locals can air their concerns
A shield above the local community centre
It is also a card in Monopoly!
If a community centre was being closed, what might the locals form?
A leisure group
A measure group
A pressure group
A treasure group
Pressure groups don't always succeed
What is the purpose of pressure groups?
To campaign
To gossip
To socialise
To party
They are usually formed when enough people in the community have strong opinions about something
Pressure groups also 'lobby' their MPs. What does this mean?
Bribing them with money to listen to their cause
Inviting them to local sports events
Requesting that their views be heard by the Government
Throwing rotten tomatoes and eggs at them
Lobbying can take place in Parliament or locally at the MPs' office in your community
How would you make a newcomer to the area feel part of the community?
Invite them to events at the local community centre
Ensure they get a copy of the regular newsletter
Find out their interests and advise of suitable clubs
All of the above
Good communities will do all three but quite often, when you become part of a community, it is up to you to make an effort to join in with community life
A community for the older generation might be .......
a ballroom dancing club
a karate club
a youth centre
an extreme activities club
There is no reason why more active older people should not take part in a karate club or do extreme activities, but dancing is believed to be an excellent way of staying happy and healthy. Ballroom dancing is great for all ages but particularly good for the older generation as it is good exercise that does not put a lot of stress on your body
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Local and global citizenship

Author:  Frank Evans

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