Colwood’s Good Neighbour program is a resident-led effort to help neighbours connect and support one another, and to build a resilient neighbourhood. This is achieved by encouraging residents to get to know each other, largely through activities organized by you, a Neighbourhood Program leader.
Below is a collection of activity ideas you can do (safely) with your neighbours that will support individual and community well-being. Some activities may require additional approvals.
- Help each other create personal emergency plans - see the Colwood Emergency Program to follow the steps in preparing for major emergencies, such as wildfire, earthquakes, and prolonged power outages in your neighbourhood. Walk through the steps together to share ideas and costs. See: PrepareYourself.ca. Develop an Emergency Plan and Emergency Resource Plan for your neighbourhood.
- Develop a neighbourhood emergency plan - work with your neighbours to make a plan in a major emergency. What assets do your neighbours have that they would be willing to contribute during an emergency? Who might need additional help? Determine a meeting spot? Gather contact information. Develop an Emergency Plan and Emergency Resource Plan for your neighbourhood.
- Build a community place for meet-ups - determine an appropriate location in your neighbourhood for a few community chairs or benches, and perhaps a notice board or white board. Invite people to spend time outdoors in shared spaces with appropriate Covid safety measures. This could also provide a meeting space after a disaster, such as an earthquake.
- Sign Up for West Shore Alerts - encourage your neighbours to sign up for the Public Alert Notification System so your neighbourhood can be informed in the event of an emergency. Click here to sign up for West Shore alerts and learn more.
Visit Colwood.ca/EmergencyPlanning to learn more about how you can prepare yourself and help your neighbours do the same.