A song about a time when neighbours were neighbours from Community Correspondent John Dane
Image painted by Community Correspondent David Bradley
There’s nothing like a song to make you remember happier times. At our Mind Waves meeting, John sang us “When I was a lad”, which is about growing up in Belfast, but reminded us of all our childhoods.
The song evokes so much about growing up, from dolly mixtures to outside toilets, but the main theme is the idea of a time when “neighbours were neighbours”. Of course, it’s easy to be nostalgic and remember a better time of community spirit, but we all agreed that feeling part of a community where people do each other favours does wonders for your mental wellbeing.
As we listened to John’s moving acappella redition, we all thought about community really means. After the applause we talked about our own experiences of loneliness and isolation and we discussed what we can do to support people around us.
What do you think? Were communities more supportive in the past? What can we do to make our communities stronger?