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Neighbourhood Connect

New program to foster neighbourly groups

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Last year saw greater personal connections built within neighbourhoods, with a new program in Warrnambool aiming to build on this momentum.

The Warrnambool City Council is supporting not-for-profit organisation Neighbourhood Connect to deliver free workshops in the city about creating neighbourhood groups and events.

Warrnambool Mayor Vicki Jellie said that most people enjoy being part of a community, but sometimes it takes an individual to get the ball rolling.

“If you’d like to turn the streets around you into a community and help your neighbours feel like they belong, this program will guide you on that journey,” she said.

“There are so many benefits of knowing your neighbours, from practical reasons like having someone to bring your bins in when you’re away right up to having a new social circle of friends within metres of your home.

“Strong neighbourhoods offer support both in the good times and as we saw in 2020, the bad.

“When we had a situation where older residents were strongly discouraged from leaving their home, it was often their neighbours who lent them a hand with groceries, prescriptions, or just keeping a bit of an eye out for them.

“New neighbourhood bonds were created and existing ones were strengthened during the COVID-19 pandemic, but now that restrictions have eased, that’s no reason to go back into our shells when it comes to being neighbourly.

“If you enjoyed that warm feeling that came from helping out a neighbour or from having a friendly chat in the driveway, these workshops will help you build on this and create a better neighbourhood for everyone.”

The workshops will be held at the Archie Graham Community Centre on June 19 and August 28, with phone conversations with mentors in between.

For more information and to register visit www.neighbourhoodconnect.org.au/projects

 

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