- Location: Across: Queensland QLD, New South Wales NSW, Australian Capital Territory ACT, Victoria VIC, Tasmania TAS, South Australia SA, Western Australia WA, Northern Territory NT
- Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
- Category: Community Services
Is this a big commitment? This can be done on top of a busy life. Finding others to share the organising role with you and pacing activities allows you to fit this in at a pace that works for you.
- Families with Children
- Groups of 10 or more
- Online & Remote Volunteers
- People Learning English
- People with disability
- Skilled Volunteers
Type of work
- Companionship & Social Support
Help from the Project Team via phone and email, a Kit giving you information on how to contact your neighbours and how to discuss what you might do together, example invitations, email group for learning for Community Connectors.
Neighbourhood Connect Inc is a national not for profit organisation. We help people turn streets into communities and foster a national network of neighbour groups. We make it easy for people to get to know those who live near them and to feel more connected, safer and more supported as a result. We have neighbour groups and a project team spanning six States / Territories. Everyone involved is passionate about creating and supporting communities. The project is unfunded; we are all contributing on a voluntary basis.
As a community connector, you bring your neighbours together and, with them, do social and other activities that develop a sense of community. You will:
- Invite your neighbours to social gatherings (suggested start is an invitation dropped in 200-600 letter boxes around where you live);
- Encourage discussion to uncover common interests and potential activities that neighbours would like to do together;
- Ask others to join you in sharing the role of community connector - it’s more enjoyable done as a small team;
- Facilitate contact between neighbours;
- Connect with Neighbourhood Connect and be part of a network of neighbourhood groups around Australia; and
- Encourage your group to participate in evaluating the project to answer the question, ‘What difference has this made?’
What will you get from this?
- A greater sense of community where you live.
- A community where neighbours are willing to give each other a helping hand when needed.
- The satisfaction of being helpful to your neighbours, sharing your skills and making a positive difference in their lives.
- Getting to know more people in your neighbourhood expands your circle and may uncover new friends.
- The benefits of whatever you decide to do together. These could be fresh veggies if you choose to garden together, company for walking, improving the look of your area, sharing tools or skills, more sustainable living or a group of fellow book lovers.
- Community development experience. This is particularly useful if you work, or want to work, in community services.
- Being part of a network of Community Connectors - sharing and learning.
- Being part of a national project and seeing it grow and develop.
- A greater sense of wellbeing, purpose, and satisfaction in your life.
Take the next step
To get the ball rolling in your area, send an email to Irene Opper, National Manager, with the following:
- Why this interests you
- Any experience you’ve had with community groups or organising gatherings (desirable, not essential)
- Where you live, your contact details and your preference for contact (business hours or after hours).
If you have any questions please call Irene on 0413 706 233. Please note that this is a role that a person takes on as a neighbour, not as a volunteer of Neighbourhood Connect.