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May 2017 Local Champion: Jem Plaisted

Created Tuesday, 23 May 2017 in News
This month we’re featuring local Inglewood Mother, Jem Plaisted. Jem is very involved in her local ‘Buy Nothing’ group. The project is a social movement that is making waves across the country, using Facebook to reduce waste and increase random acts of kindness.

Searching for a way to increase her belonging within a new area, Jem had a conversation with another parent in the school playground and discovered the initiative which allows ‘free-cycling’ within communities. Jem quickly got involved in the local project and uncovered a whole community of like-minded people keen to make friends and connections.

“It’s made me realise that I’m not as isolated as I thought I was. You meet someone to gift an item, get chatting and realise that you have things in common and you’re actually part of a lovely community.”

As a self-employed photographer, wife and mother to three young children, Jem is a busy person and describes keeping mentally healthy as a ‘balancing act’.

“I’d suggest finding what gives you that ‘buzz’. For me it’s bopping around the house to loud music with my kids, cooking or swimming at the local pool.”

“Happiness is contagious and even though these are all simple things that you can do to boost yourself I have to remind myself to regularly do them or my mental health suffers.”

Jem also has some advice for people who are looking to get more involved in their community “Be brave! Push yourself or tell someone you trust what your goals are and ask them to help you follow through.”

You can join your local ‘Buy Nothing’ group through Facebook by typing in Buy Nothing [Suburb] (e.g. Buy Nothing Perth, Buy Nothing Karratha) and request to join. To find other mentally healthy activities look on the Act-Belong-Commit website: actbelongcommit.org.au/featured.html
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