It seemed challenging for neighbours within the Milano building in the West End to meet each other and have an opportunity to develop community. Applying for a small grant, the hope was to create a venue and invite neighbours to get to know one another over a very low-key, casual time that included snacks.
Our event, "Music in the park" was a great success.
W.D. Ferris Elementary School has a strong music program and has developed a reputation for its bands. The purpose of the event was to share their wonderful music with the school community and the surrounding neighborhood. Posters and flyers were distributed leading up to the event.
We had our first Community Block Party and had a few hundred people join us. It was advertised through our Facebook group and in all residences in the neighborhood. We all brought food, many people helped out and many new relationships were built (:
We live in a multicultural neighbourhood in Richmond, BC. A few years ago there had been a few break-ins in our area and we, Block Watch Captains, wondered what we could do to create a caring spirit in our neighbourhood. A neighbourhood where people would come home, drive into their garages and disappear until they drove out again. We decided that a block party might work to introduce neighbours to each other…and happily, we have had great success!
Our project focused on healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. We hoped to inspire and encourage more people to make their own food from scratch instead of buying processed foods and we demonstrated how to make our own everyday cleaning products.
We taught our neighbours how to make their own yogurt, almond milk & hummus. Neighbours also shared ideas & recipes and what they are doing to be more healthy. We also taught soap making from scratch.