Our five craft workshops took place on June 18, July 19&23, October 1&15. A total number of 70 neighbours attended these five workshops. It was the first time that me and my co-applicant applied for the Vancouver Neighbourhood Small Grants, we were so excited to hear that we got approved. Both of us are relatively new immigrants in Richmond, we would love to get familiar with our local community and people. So making crafts together might be a good idea to start a conversation with each other and make friends.
This past June, I entered the neighbourhood house small grant project with my proposal “Let's Zumba". My goal was to bring people together in the neighborhood and dance together. To meet new people, have fun, and do fitness exercises. At first, I was pretty nervous. I didn’t know if my proposal was attractive enough for me to obtain the grant. When opening the confirmation email, my heartbeat quickened. I had offered the grant! The planning unfolded.
Our community Mural painting took place on the 12th,13th and 14th of September 2018 at the corner of Lansdowne and No 3 Rd. It attracted around 150 diverse community members and so much artistic action that Richmond News dedicated the front page to it. Basically the idea was to beautify the north facing wall of the industrial building. There is a lot of foot and car traffic in the neighbourhood and the wall is even visible from the sky train station. It made a lot of sense to make the plain looking corner interesting and esthetically pleasing to all who pass by it every day.
STRAWBERRY SOCIAL took place on June 23, 2018.
Admiral’s Walk has 130 units housing approximately 200 adults 19 years and older. The majority of the residents being over 50 with a number of older women living alone.
A school garden with community connections. We are an urban school that is connecting to food sources, nature and outdoor learning. The student community built 17 garden beds in spring of 2018 and has begun to plant through classrooms and clubs. Members of Aegis New Westminster: Posabilities took care of the garden through the summer months and planted their own produce.
HOT OFF THE PRESSES!
Saturday October 20 from 1 to 4 pm in Jim Deva Plaza. Images from the book "Families of the West End" will be on display and people can get their own photos taken too!
Please share the attached poster, image and link on social media and be sure to stop by yourself!
On Sunday, June 24th, neighbours from the Glenbrook Drive area of Richmond joined together for food and conversation. The weather was looking a little bit unsettled but the rain held off long enough for around 70 people to come out of their homes and join in on the fun.
Everyone brought some food to contribute to our gathering and M&M Meat Shops (Francis and Gilbert Road location) provided hamburgers and hot dogs. The kids played basketball on the street with some of the teenagers and young adults leading the charge. Some old friendships were joined and new ones were found.
We played Pickleball and had a group picnic August 14, 2018. It was a total success - lots of fun for all who attended
Nurturing Health & Wellness in Women – Our Story
The Neighbourhood Small Grants have been a vibrant part of the community for many years. We have watched a variety of activities light up neighbourhoods and bring people together. This year we wanted to be a part of the excitement and create opportunities for women in our neighbourhood to connect, share and grow their personal goals.
Our neighbourhood BBQ took place on Saturday September 22nd. It was a huge success! This was our first annual BBQ and we hoped the weather would hold and people would show. Our fears were relieved the morning of the event when the sky cleared and that afternoon a big crowd showed. Our neighbours and their families enjoyed good food and conversation. Residents learned about our community garden, BlockWatch, and our council gathered valuable insight on what they might like to see in the future to keep people connected ( A mahjong club, running club, and badminton net.)