About the Program
Many people express a willingness and desire to reach out and offer support to complete strangers. However, the impact of this program goes beyond simply matching needs with resources at a neighbourhood level, it also works to build interpersonal connections that contribute to long-term neighbourhood resilience.
While resiliency can come from a variety of sources, an essential component involves the social and emotional support of others. Social ties, trust, and relationships are preconditions to the health, success, and longevity of any community. Social connectedness not only enables communities to be proactive, build local capacity, and meet essential needs, but also improves social cohesion and happiness.
The most sustainable form of social connectivity is one that is led by residents. The Town of Sidney will play a supportive role, one that encourages the natural human tendencies to initiate contact with their neighbours, and to offer help when and where needed.
Examples of resident-led neighbourhood activities include:
- Outdoor Coffee Shop
Bring your own chairs and coffee for a brief gathering on a front lawn or driveway.
- Chalk your Block
Create chalk street murals with the kids on your street.
- Emergency Preparedness
Host an emergency preparedness presentation from the Sidney Fire Department and learn how you and your neighbours can be resilient for emergencies together.
These are just a few ideas to get you started, but whatever the event may be, it is meant to be fun, safe, inclusive, and low stress.
For more information, tips, tricks, or project ideas and to register as your neighbourhood leader, contact:
Ask for your free Resource Guide and start bringing your neighbourhood together.