Relationship building within a strata setting can often be overlooked but is, in fact, an essential component of cohesive strata living. Promoting a sense of community enables residents to feel included, respected, and part of something larger than their own four walls.
Here we will explore the concept of community through the establishment of a communal, engaging space such as a library and the benefits that this can have for your strata residence.
How do I ‘build community’?
From a practical perspective, in order to build community within your strata, you will need to invest in some planning. Consider the development of projects that promote community and support solidarity.
Importantly, a strategic plan will ensure any communal objectives are agreed upon, and funding is made available where appropriate.
How can community benefit my strata?
Community contributes to contentment. And happy residents make for a happy strata complex. People want to feel like they belong, and building community is the key to creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.
Providing a dedicated space or area to encourage social interaction and communication will enable residents to come together and meet their neighbours, effectively promoting a sense of spirit and togetherness that may otherwise be lacking.
Residents who have developed solid relationships are more likely to look out for one another, help each other and resolve issues more genially should problems arise. This means you are less likely to encounter situations that require mediation between residents, creating a more meaningful living environment.
Where should the library be located?
In short, your library should be located somewhere central and easily accessible by the residents of your strata complex. You will need to ensure adequate space to house a large number of items, including provisions for shelving, seating, and perhaps even coffee-making facilities.
The area should allow for people to enter and exit with plenty of clearance and provide enough room for multiple people to navigate through the space without obstruction.
What type of library should I install?
The great thing about a library is, depending on your choice of items on offer, they require little to no management. An excellent way to develop a sense of community is to promote a take-one/leave-one concept, where residents are encouraged to make an offering when they borrow an item. That way, the library remains fully stocked with minimal intervention.
Books are, obviously, a very popular library item, however, DVDs can also be a smart, community-building inclusion. Both can create lively discourse and connection between residents through the sharing of their favourite films and novels. Groups can gather to discuss their thoughts in this shared space, or be inspired to arrange book clubs or movie nights in their homes. It’s a wonderful gateway to developing and strengthening positive relationships between residents.
Tip: Get some inspiration from Street Library
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