a response to covid19 - Kind NEIGHBOURs
We have had a good response to the call for volunteers and have approx 30 street coordinators who have dropped our Kind neighbour cards into letterboxes in our community. We have managed to cover a good deal of our area. See maps here. There are still a few gaps, notably Kingston Park; hope you are all OK? However it is likely that this type of initiative is happening naturally and encouraged by organisations like Next Door and Neighbour Day. Our aim is to propagate the good neighbour trait we already experience. So we are really happy with the response so far.
Many of the volunteers have received thank you messages; as yet no one has called out for assistance, but they know they can. It is good to know that our community is resilient so far.
Here’s a sample message the group received:
I received this almost immediately …..“Good neighbours thank you SO much for your kind note. At the moment we are OK thank you for your kindness. Our immediate neighbours all have young families so I have been loath to ask for help.”
“I had a few Thank you texts and a call from a 91 year old to also say Thank you, she said she would keep the notice on her fridge No requests for help at this stage”
"I have had some encouraging responses from neighbours who although they envisage they won’t have the need to call, have praised the actions the group has taken and personally thanked me."
Judy Hallet Cove
If you have already done some of the missing streets please let John Setchell know via email or text.
If you are happy to deliver some more, with your name on it, please go to the website and register. John will then contact you to coordinate pick up of Calling cards etc.
Details of the Program and to sign up read on:
These are extremely difficult times for our community and more than ever we need to remember our neighbours, as well as our family and friends. So let’s all reach out when we can to help each other, safely.
As the requirements for physical isolation and restriction of movements increase, many in our community are impacted or self isolating and utilising home delivery and formal community support services, as well as family networks. However not all are as well supported, so we have set up this "Kind Neighbours Program”.
This program is in recognition that although we need to observe the strict protocols on distancing etc to keep yourself and others safe. We also need each other.
We are seeking the support of our community, to establish a network of individuals who are prepared to take on the role of for local (street by street) coordination of support to those who are required to self-isolate, but have limited support or ability to manage basic things.
So we are looking for residents from 5049 Community who would be willing to take on this role of local coordinator for the street in which they live, a “my street coordinator” (or a co-coordinator for large streets). This would require you being comfortable with sharing your phone number with those who live in your street and to undertake or coordinate the urgent tasks that might be required.
With the help of others in your street, you will simply fill in and drop a card ( see below)in neighbours letter boxes (wearing gloves), letting them know they are not alone with the local coordinators details on it and that you and your team can help with urgent errands or just a chat on the phone etc.
We emphasise that this is not intended as a general shopping or errand service but for support in times of real need. Specific guidelines ( see below) will continue to be developed in consultation with a number of stakeholders over the next few weeks, regarding the protocols, frequently asked questions and safety advice
We are not a professional or statutory body and this program is not funded or covered by personal accident insurances, only 3rd party public liability. The guidelines will be further developed in consultation with our volunteers and set out the shared recommendations for safe protocols for neighbours to help their neighbours in accordance with the good practice recommended by the Government. Overall this is a self regulating program with guidelines and relies on trust, common sense and a willingness to promote fellowship
We are asking you to take full responsibility for all aspects of the interactions with your neighbours within the guidelines and framework here.
Download Printable Calling Card here or some pre-printed cards, Sponsored by the City of Holdfast Bay via Clare Lindop, are available on request.
Any questions or if you need cards please email us or speak to our overall program facilitator:
Dr John Setchell: 0417 895 488
14 April Bulletin here
How do I register
If you are interested in being involved in this program, please register by completing the details in the form below and submitting it. We will get in contact with you to discuss what your involvement in the program might be and to hear your ideas. Please note your contact details will not be shared wider than your street.