DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Community Development | Youth Development | Neighbourhood Support | WEconnect

 

The Connecting Communities Development Team support a range of community-led activities, projects, events and more that work towards bringing our communities together, making them connected and strong.

The Development Team has a dedicated Youth Development Co-ordinator to ensure our local youth are engaged, heard and supported within our community.

Youth Development 

 

Neighbourhood Support

Neighbourhood Support is a nationwide community led movement with a common purpose to create safe and caring neighbourhoods and communities, reducing the incidences and effects of criminal offending, building community resilience and strengthening community networks to improve the quality of life and enhance wellbeing. Working closely with the Police and many other emergency organisations in your community, promoting and supporting the development of Neighbourhood Support groups throughout New Zealand.

  • Provider of Graffiti clean-up kits – contact NS coordinator (email address)
  • WEconnect initiative
  • Distribution of fortnightly newsletters including police updates on reported crime
  • Creating learning opportunities to prepare and cope with civil defence emergencies
  • Assist in engaging with police, fire and other supporting agencies
  • Reduce crime through crime prevention

 

WEconnect

WEconnect is in place to provide support to Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) residents by linking migrants up with a neighbourhood ‘buddy’ for a minimum of 3 months.

The buddy’s role is to support them to feel welcome and settled in the community. Informing people of where to go locally for information and advice, offering support with learning English and government paperwork and to provide a friendly, trusted face in their neighbourhood. CALD residents’ needs are diverse and the partnership between them and their buddy will be equally so.

Buddies are police-vetted volunteers who have attended orientation and cultural competency training. Buddy partnerships are monitored by the project coordinators throughout the process.

As part of the programme, we are also delivering Neighbourhood Support messages in easy English around emergency preparedness, community well-being and crime prevention in partnership with ESOL providers.

Programme participants can self-refer or be referred by families, friends or agencies.

Masterton Neighbourhood Support is working in conjunction with the following agencies on this programme:

  • Masterton Library
  • Literacy Wairarapa
  • Wairarapa REAP
  • MCLaSS
  • Red Cross
  • Citizens’ Advice Bureau
  • NZ Police
  • Fire and Emergency NZ
  • WREMO
  • Wairarapa Road Safety Council
  • National Health Disability Advocacy Service
  • Connecting Communities Budgeting Service

For more information: Contact Cathy Cameron, Masterton Neighbourhood Support Coordinator

cathy@connectingcommunities.org.nz | m: 027 3332137