Neighbourhood News #6

Hi Folks!

Did you catch us on Ireland On-Call last week? It was great to be featured alongside fellow Change X partners Siel Bleu Ireland and Grow It Yourself!

You can find the entire piece, including a chat with Change X founder Paul O’Hara, on the RTÉ Player here.

What’s in NN#5:

  • This Tuesday: Community Boost With Neighbourhood Network
  • Introducing Tea-At-Three by Neighbourhood Network
  • Reopening Q&A: What can I do today that I couldn’t do yesterday?
  • Helen Cody’s Guide to Making a Fabric Face Mask at Home
  • Face Masks: A Guide
  • Gourmet restaurants in Kinsale are on a mission to feed Cork’s elderly
  • Interview with Aideen in Stoneybatter
  • Nominate a Neighbour!

Some Stories To Share!

Community Boost With Neighbourhood Network

Our next Community Boost webinar is this Tuesday the 19th. You can register for free here! Once registered, we’ll send you on the link for the Zoom call.

If you want a reminder, click attending here!

In case you missed it, the first community boost can be rewatched below!

Introducing Tea-At-Three by Neighbourhood Network

These last few weeks at Neighbourhood Network, there has been one question on our minds: as restrictions are gradually lifted for younger generations, and we get to see our friends, families, and neighbours once again, how do we safely support those who are still cocooning in isolation?

Every year we see thousands of you bringing joy to your neighbourhoods on Street Feast day. Now instead of an annual street party, we’re encouraging you to enjoy a weekly (physically distant) tea party!

Keep an eye out tomorrow for more info. To get the most from Tea-At-Three, make sure you’ve registered yourself and your street on Neighbourhood Network!

Reopening Q&A: What can I do today that I couldn’t do yesterday?

We spotted two great articles in the Irish Times today about dealing with the next stages of Ireland in lockdown. The first answers some questions you may have as we enter Phase 1.

As rules begin to be eased, it’s important we stay up to date with what is and isn’t currently allowed. Click here for info on the limited changes that Phase 1 brings to Covid-19 restrictions.

Helen Cody’s Guide to Making a Fabric Face Mask at Home

Head here for a demonstration on how to sew a mask from Irish fashion designer Helen Cody! You’ll need

  • The printable pattern
  • Scissors
  • Breathable, high thread-count fabric
  • Cotton lining fabric
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread, or a sewing machine

If you follow Helen’s guide, let us know. We’d love to see your patterns!

Face Masks: A Guide

Now you’ve made your own mask thanks to Helen, here are the rules (from the Journal) for using it.

A reminder that the Government has said that people should not use medical-grade masks, which must be reserved for frontline healthcare workers. But those who are sick with Covid-19 can help limit the spread of respiratory droplets by wearing a fabric mask!

Gourmet restaurants in Kinsale are on a mission to feed Cork’s elderly

Isabel Conway of the Cork Echo spent the day with some brilliant Cork restaurants who are working together to provide meals for cocooning locals!

It’s a lovely glimpse into the lives of some amazing people answering the community call during the COVID pandemic. You can find it here!

Your experiences

Nominate a Neighbour!

Thank you kindly to responses so far to our nominate a neighbour campaign! We’ll be sharing stories and profiles of some of the amazing Neighbourhood Networkers doing great work across the country over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, you can nominate one of your neighbours here!

We’ve designed Neighbourhood Network – a tool to help support 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.