Neighbourhood News #3

Hey there,

Hope you’re having a lovely Monday! Lots of lovely stories this week – from Christmas in April to some Saturday street dancing.

In case you missed it, we pulled together a little video last week highlighting some of the work Neighbourhood Networks have been up to since this all kicked off. Let us know what you think!

If you’ve got a story, someone you’d like to shout-out, or your community is doing something nice that you’d like to share – send it in a reply to this! We’d be delighted to bring it to the rest of our Street Feast and Neighbourhood Network Family!

Some Stories To Share!

Proving that the most wonderful time doesn’t have to happen just once a year. For a bit of extra cheer, An Síol/Meals On Wheels in Stoneybatter had a very special Christmas dinner and sing-along on Sunday!

Has your neighbourhood done anything quirky to brighten up lockdown a little bit? Let us know!

Katie Kav Photography – Front Door Portraits

We’re in love with this wonderful new project from photographer Katie Kav. Katie has started a series of door portraits in her Dublin neighbourhood to document people at home during the lockdown.

It’s a brilliant insight into the lives of people on the ground during this unique period of history. Katie is using the project as an opportunity to raise funds for the Purple House Cancer Support Centre. You can learn more about that here!

Saturday Dance Class!

#It’sGoodToTalk With Monaghan GAA

Last week Monaghan GAA in conjunction with Monaghan Age-Friendly launched their #It’sGoodToTalk initiative.

#It’sGoodToTalk is a scheme where Monaghan players and management give individuals cocooning a bell to talk GAA and reminisce about former glory days! The impact a nice chat can have on someone’s day needs no exaggerating – a really wonderful idea from the Drumlin County!

Plastic snugs and seats for all: The pub after the pandemic

Our local has often been the setting of many community gatherings – for everything from local GAA wins and the weekly quiz, to weddings, funerals, and christenings.

How will we adapt to support each other on a communal level now that these shared spaces will have to make significant changes?

Social distancing isn’t going to end soon. So how do we live with it?

Here’s an interesting proposal as we continue with social distancing in the coming months.

“A couple of families or a group of friends could form an exclusive social pod”

Would it work here in Ireland? Is that we’re already starting to do? Or would it increase exclusion and loneliness by virtue of some people having social pods and some not?

Testing the limits: How Toronto’s common areas might work when COVID-19 restrictions start to loosen

A good companion piece for the articles above, The Toronto Star has pulled together a physical distancing game. In some way or another, physical distancing is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

When restrictions are eased, do you know how to distance yourself on transport, at the cinema, or down in the park?

“When the time comes, we will need to ensure that we can slowly and delicately ease up on measures for our broader community while keeping the residents of our long-term-care homes and other vulnerable residents in our city safe,” says Dr Michael Finkelstein, Toronto’s associate medical officer of health and director of communicable disease control.

As we prepare for society to reopen, however slowly, this is a great chance to brush up on some best practices for physical distancing.

COVID-19 Volunteer Managers Online Coffee Break

Are you a volunteer manager looking for a chance to re-charge the batteries and connect with colleagues and peers? Every Friday Volunteer Ireland are hosting “coffee breaks” as an informal way to take a pause and chat.

They will also have a number of volunteer management specialists from Europe and further afield to talk to us about volunteering in their country right now.

You can learn more and sign-up here!

Raheny Rocks!

Raheny Rocks is just one of many amazing community groups that have popped up since lockdown began. A project for kids (and adults) to take part in – the idea of the group is to decorate a stone with a simple positive message on it hide it in your neighbourhood.

If you find one of the stones, you post a picture of where you found it and rehide somewhere else in the community! It’s a lovely little way to share words of encouragement and help everyone feel a little more connected.

We’re sure groups like this have appeared around the country. If you’re in one – send it our way. Or you might even consider setting up your own!

Your experiences

Remember, we’re not out of this yet. With the long weekend ahead, it’s important to peep practising sensible volunteering while you’re out there supporting your community! You can brush up on sensible volunteering guidelines here.

This time of crisis is the chance to put to practice the amazing generosity of this Neighbourhood Network of Street Feasters to make sure nobody in need of help is forgotten!

We’ve designed Neighbourhood Network – a tool to help coordinate the people all over the country who are responding to this call. Register your existing group or sign up as a volunteer/coordinator here!

We hope you have a good week, stay safe and mind each other from a distance!

All the best,

Neighbourhood Network

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Street Feast is a day of local lunches across Ireland hosted by you and your neighbours. They can be anywhere really - out on the street, in a local park or in your front garden.

There are lots of good reasons to have a Street Feast, but it's really just a great excuse to eat great food, celebrate your local community and meet new people who live near you.