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Have a look below at some of our favourite projects and how they have helped encourage the growth of connected, resilient and supportive communities.
The Community Activity Challenge was designed to ignite a sense of purpose in communities and bring neighbours together during lockdown.
The activities are about letting loose, having fun, being creative and nurturing community connections. We have developed a guide, with 30+ activity ideas and invite neighbours to take part in this fun, responsibly constructed challenge which enables social distancing while celebrating our neighbours and building community spirit.
Activities range from tea parties to community sports days, there are no limits to what can be organised, it really just depends on the needs and make up of each community.
The ‘Time Machine’ is an age-friendly, cross-generational neighbourhood time capsule project which connects communities across the country, supported by the local authorities & Creative Ireland.
The project connects young people and senior citizens who live in the same area. Facilitated interviews are conducted between the pair and their recorded responses, art works and photos create an image of how the community looks now and how it looked in the past.
The Community Time Machine was launched successfully in our pilot project with Wicklow County Council Arts Office in January 2021. We are now running it in Westmeath, Kildare, Monaghan, Clare & Meath and hope to bring it to communities in other counties in the near future.
As part of our bespoke community development projects we work with residents in newly developed neighbourhoods to create strong, well-connected communities from the ground up.
As residents settle into their new homes, we provide them with the tools to build a culture of connectedness from the beginning. Our ambition is simple – to create happy places for people to live, where neighbours feel supported by each other.
Our first community development project – Home Together, supported by Cairn PLC was launched in 2021 and we look forward to working on more initiatives like this in the future.
Tea at Three is an initiative that is suitable for all members of the community.
It encourages people to check-in with their neighbours at a safe social distance by arranging to meet at their front doors, gardens or on the street for a cup of tea and a chat once a week.
The goal is to connect neighbours and ensure that those who aren’t able to get out much or those who are feeling particularly isolated are not left behind. It’s also a simple way to form lasting neighbourhood connections and build up trust in communities.
The project which started it all! Street Feast grew out of a desire to live more sustainably and to create lasting connections between neighbours through food.
More than ten years later, the annual day of neighbourly lunches, barbecues and potlucks is still our most highly anticipated event each summer. There’s nothing quite like the energy created by a group of neighbours gathering together on a summer afternoon to share a feast and have some fun!
The simplicity of Street Feast is what makes it such a great community project, any community can pull this off and our goal is to make it accessible to everyone.
I gcomhpháirt le Féasta Sráide, cuireadh Meitheal Áitiúil ar bun againn, scéim a chuidigh pobail fud fad na tíre cuidiú agus tacaíocht a thabhairt do dhaoine a bhí i mbaol i rith COVID-19 agus an t-ordú dianghlasála.
Ba dheis í seo ár bpobal a thógáil, le cinntiú go raibh tacaíocht acu agus go raibh nasc idir na comharsana ag éirí níos láidre.
Bhí muid in ann gréasán d’oibrithe deonacha agus comharsana a thógáil, d’oibrigh siad go crua, sholáthraigh siad bia, leigheas agus breoslaigh do dhaoine agus rinne siad fabhair riachtanacha do dhaoine ina bpobail féin.
Every community has its stars – the neighbours who go above and beyond to keep the place in shape or who always put a smile on your face.
Nominate a Neighbour is an initiative which helps give recognition to local heroes who bring the community together.
Community members are given the opportunity to nominate those who have gone the extra mile for their neighbourhood by doing things such as organising events, taking care of communal areas or keeping an eye on those more vulnerable.
The Community Boost Webinars were a series of talks and workshops engaging the neighbourhood network community with a number of inspirational community leaders.
These webinars helped build connections within the larger neighbourhood network community and helped to inspire community building and action.
During the summer of 2020 we held 8 successful Webinars, during which we heard from a variety of different voices across the voluntary and community sector in Ireland. These initial webinars have helped shape how we practice virtual community engagement and our facilitations with neighbourhoods since.
When a new community registers to be a part of Neighbourhood Network they sign up via our neighbourhood platform on ChangeX.
This platform has been developed over many iterations to help bring the best experience possible to our community.
Neighbours can invite other members of their communities to join their neighbourhood group and share updates with each other through that channel. Through the Neighbourhood Network platform, communities can also access extra resources to help them organise community events and gatherings.
There are many ways you, your community or your organisation can get involved with Neighbourhood Network.
If you are a community member who would like to take part in one of the above initiatives, get in touch with our community engagement manager Aoife by emailing – firstname.lastname@example.org, you can also register your neighbourhood here to receive some extra community resources and our fortnightly neighbourhood newsletter.
If your organisation would like to make one of these projects happen in your area or is interested in providing support to Neighbourhood Network, please contact our CEO Sam by emailing email@example.com