10 Mar NN #26: Supporting Cocooners Together
Well here we are, back in March again! Thankfully some lovely sun and brighter evenings have come along with it. We can’t really believe that it’s coming up on a year in lockdown, but it’s amazing to think how much effort we’ve seen neighbours in Ireland put into making the most of things in their communities.
So, we’re here to give you a burst of optimism and some fun ideas for the coming weeks! We hope that it inspires you to keep up your community connections, or even make new a few new ones!
Engaging with Cocooners
More than just a check in
Many of those who are cocooning are finding this lockdown especially tough. To help create dialogue among the community one neighbourhood has set up a local Whatsapp group to chat about local history and local wildlife.
“Where we live, the older people would be the experts on these topics, and it’s been a way for younger/newer people to get to “know” some of the older people better, and to gently reinforce the fact that our older people are an incredibly important and valued part of the community, during a period where a lot of older people have had to deal with a loss of independence etc. Of course not everyone’s on WhatsApp – but maybe there’d be other ways of exploring these topics, doing some projects etc”.
This fantastic idea comes from Steph and her community. We would love to hear your suggestions for how to connect with elderly neighbours and cocooners. Please email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dia Duit! It’s Seachtain na Gaeilge
An Meitheal Áitiúil
Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021 runs from March 1st until March 17th. We want to use this time to brush up on our cúpla focail. Why not try running a Tae ag a Trí in your area!
For more info on upcoming Seachtain na Gaeilge events check out snag.ie and keep an eye on our social media and website for useful phrases and some St.Patrick’s day ideas. Why not say the odd Dia Duit to your neighbours!
Community Time Machine
Creativity and collaboration
Over the past week we’ve seen some lovely work coming from TY students in Bray who are taking part in our Community Time Machine project.
To bring some creativity into their intergenerational project they painted these beautiful #kindnessstones led by the wonderful Susie from @whitedoodleworkshops.
It’s so amazing to see such creative and unique responses coming back from all our participants. We can’t wait to see what comes next!
You could be our next Fundraising and Business Development Executive
We are on the look out for a Fundraising and Business Development Executive to join our small dynamic team. The ideal candidate will have a passion for fundraising, great communication and relationship building skills and share our interest in creating happier and healthier communities.
We are looking for someone who is excited about the work we do with at least 2 years fundraising experience. This is a flexible 6 month contract, part time at 15 hours per week.
Deadline for applications has been extended until Friday March 12th.
If this sounds like you we would love to hear from you!
Find out more about this exciting opportunity at the link below, and feel free to share with anyone you know who might be interested.
Full Job Description & Application Details
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Wishing you all the best,
Aoife & the Neighbourhood Network Team