Like many others East Hampshire District Council has seen both struggle and celebration over the last 12 months.
We all work hard to achieve our goals, but whatever your business if you’re not careful you can be so focused on your objectives that you become blinkered to the needs of others.
East Hampshire is an affluent and attractive area to live and we are lucky to live here.
But not everyone in the district lives so comfortably. There are pockets of deprivation within the district and there are individuals who need our support.
Across the district there are people living in isolation, who are vulnerable or who need the support of the community around them.
Loneliness and social isolation are particularly harmful to our health. Research shows that lacking social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking or obesity.
But we can all do something to help others in our community. We can drop in on an elderly resident who doesn’t get many visitors or run an errand for someone who finds it difficult to get out and about.
Whatever our own situation we can always find time to do something for others. Of course it’s easily said and not so easily done but simple, small acts of kindness can make a big difference to someone’s life.
I was lucky enough to attend the Volunteer Awards before Christmas and was enormously impressed by the winners’ willingness to dedicate their lives for the benefit of others.
We don’t necessarily have to emulate the efforts of those community heroes but if we all pull together we can make a massive difference to the lives of people who need our support.
I want to wish everyone a wonderful and compassionate 2019 and thank you all for making East Hampshire the caring, strong-hearted community it is.