Glenavon is a culturally diverse community sandwiched between Blockhouse Bay and Avondale, and surrounding Glenavon School. In 2008 the Glenavon Trust was formed when a group of neighbours got together to see what they could do about some nagging social issues, such as tagging, vandalism and intimidation.
Their vision was to encourage a culture of caring with the residents of this small neighbourhood, fostering relationships and connecting people, and organising and supporting positive programmes and networks. They also established a community hub in the old school dental clinic for the community and service providers to use.
A recent event was a street barbeque for Neighbours Day, which had a good turnout of neighbours from Holbrook and Hertford St. The Trust shared what they’d been doing for the past ten years and there was discussion about the new Housing New Zealand Special Housing Area (SHA) on the corner of Hertford and Holbrook.
With regular community events now established, and past projects completed such as free driver licensing education and training, and the pilot of a “basic steps” sports and life coaching programme for 13-16 year olds, the Trust have formed a vision for the future.
They look forward to creating a ‘village’ concept where groups of roads identify themselves as a village and compete with other villages in sport, or get together for social events. Their vision also includes seeing neighbours interacting with their neighbours, and more locals involved in running their own community projects.
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