Neighbours Connect

Creating vibrant and happy communities starts at neighbourhood level but current lifestyles often mean people don’t know their neighbours. It’s well known that neighbours come together and reach out to one another following a crisis, so how can we bring the community spirit to life every day in our own neighbourhood?

It can be as simple as having a chat and getting to know one another over a coffee or cup of tea, sharing ideas, stories and finding out who is keen to help make your neighbourhood a great place to live. It only takes one person to initiate an informal gathering of neighbours to get things started.

The AgeConnect Kapiti Neighbourhood initiative aims to encourage neighbours to come together. We would love to hear about things that happen in your street to feature on this page. Go to ‘Tell Us” at the top of the page to send a short paragraph and a photo.


Thinking about starting a Neighbourhood Group? Here are some tips

  1. List people you know in your street and seek their support
  2. Decide when and where the initial gathering will be held
  3. Drop an invitation into neighbours mailboxes
  4. At the gathering:

Welcome and get neighbours to introduce themselves

Discuss the reason for setting up a Neighbourhood Group:

        • Social connections
        • Assistance and support in times of emergency
        • Being part of Neighbourhood Support network

Discuss and decide:

        • How often meetings will be held
        • Responsibility for organising meetings
        • Setting up and maintaining the contact list