At the start of lockdown, a call-out from the HUB steering group for Street Connectors resulted in Cate agreeing to be an interim leader for a New Windsor Street Connectors team. Numerous conversations and communications took place between Cate and others engaged in the HUB around what form the HUB’s response to Covid-19 should take.
The decision was made to encourage and facilitate community members supporting each other as opposed to HUB volunteers shopping for people, and operating a phone service to support people and reduce their sense of isolation.
Early in Lockdown flyers were created for this purpose and to introduce and grow the Street Connectors network.
A team of volunteer residents, sourced via Facebook and the steering group, delivered these flyers to every household in New Windsor, following strict Covid procedures for flyer handling.
The flyer delivery resulted in the Street Connectors team and HUB Facebook group's significant growth in membership.
In early May the Street Connectors Team met each other online and came up with creative and practical ideas. The outcome of a second face-to-face meeting of the group in mid-June resulted in a Neighbours Day event strategy for residents near Brydon Place Reserve, and a plan for a Community Mapping project.
New Windsor celebrates Neighbours Day
'Lots of kites, conversations, and cups of tea! It was good to meet new people as well as catch up with existing friends.'
Some neighbours near Brydon Place Reserve were planning a Neighbours Day picnic and applied for a grant to treat their neighbours to ice cream for dessert. Lockdown scuppered that plan, but with encouragement from the New Windsor HUB’s Street Connectors team they decided to celebrate Matariki by flying kites at their local park.
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