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Community spirit is a group of people working together to help improve the community they live in. A phrase used to describe local people working together for a mutually positive and sometimes pleasurable result. This could be apparent at a community fair, a school fete, or in more practical situations where a local is in need of help and the community rally round to provide appropriate support. Other events that create community spirit could include charitable events at the community or church hall, or even putting together a team of volunteers to walk through local streets and clear them of rubbish.
The measure of community spirit is subjective, but could be considered by looking at the level of achievement from deeds done by the community alongside the level of contentment of the locals.
Community spirit is associated with voluntary work, favours and gestures of goodwill by residents and local businesses. Local voluntary organisations such as a neighbourhood watch or Women's Institutes often help create community spirit.
A community interest company (CIC) operating in the UK is based on these principles. Called a Community Spirit Partnership CIC, its purpose is to engage groups of local people in a partnership of outside professional skills with inside local knowledge and expertise to deliver neighbourhood development plans and other community-led plans and development that will benefit the local community by being inclusive, economically beneficial and environmentally responsible. Neighbourhood Watch is an example of an organisation founded on community spirit.
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