In response to Covid-19, the 5049 Coastal Community set up the Kind Neighbours program.
We have had a good response to the call for volunteers and have approx 35 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. 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.
These are still 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 continue reach out when we can to help each other, safely. This initiative was in recognition that although we need to observe the strict protocols on social distancing to keep yourself and others safe, we also need each other.
As move into the recovery phase, although very cautiously as it is not over yet!! Several of the volunteers were keen to continue with the initiative and consider how we might develop a more structured program to facilitate better neighbourly connections.
Two meetings were held, one on Zoom ( see minutes) and another in person at Marino Community Hall 9 July, where 15 of the volunteers got together to discuss how we can build on the one off initiative.
Some of the group agreed to join a small task group to look at how we can develop the next phase of the initiative: