OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign up, Login or Learn more

Strengthening communities

Strengthening communities through community centres, groups, and buddy systems

Photo of Sarah Ann
4 3

Written by

EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

In order to strengthen community identity and cohesion I propose buddy systems and community groups with a focal community central base in each community. All community members will be encouraged to join their new community centre. All registered participants will be allocated a "buddy" community member. Buddies will be encouraged to meet up for a coffee or a meal and get to know one another. This will create a support system network, hopefully catching those who are new or who are isolated from the community. Members will be encouraged to create interest groups eg. basketball teams, cooking clubs, book clubs at the community centre and on the community centre website. Members can join. These groups will meet regularly to engage in their various interests.
This idea will hopefully strengthen community networks and thus community identity and cohesion.

WHO BENEFITS?

Beneficiaries: Community members
In each suburb/district of urban cities. It should be piloted in one or a few suburbs first, then scaled up to the rest of the city.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

The idea should utilise any existing infrastructure or programmes available. Any existing community centres or sites that are free to be used as a community centre will be used. If any programmes, sporting groups, or clubs are already in existence, they will be incorporated into the community groups.
By strengthening community networks and bonds, this idea should become self-sustainable.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Not yet

EXPERTISE

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for less than one year

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I am a medical doctor with a Master of Public Health

4 comments

Join the conversation:

Comment
Photo of Shane Zhao
Team

Welcome to OpenIDEO Sarah! This is an interesting thought starter. Perhaps you might share with us some successful examples of community groups that have leveraged the use of buddy systems and local hubs? Andre's post on Warriors Without Weapons is something that you might like to check out: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/urban-resilience/ideas/warriors-without-weapons

Also, here's a friendly tip: update your OpenIDEO profile so folks will know who they're collaborating with. Think skills, experience, passions & wit. Looking forward to seeing more of you across conversations on this challenge!

Photo of Sarah Ann
Team

The "buddy system" is often employed by university colleges. New students are paired with an older student living at the college who acts as a point of contact and provides a level of support and mentorship.
Community Hubs have been implemented right here in the UK, for example The Community Hubs Project in rural areas in Yorkshire: http://www.ruralyorkshire.org.uk/webfm_send/555
On reading Andre's Warriors Without Weapons idea, it seems to be a very innovative, and more focused aspect of my broader idea. Both of which should be considered in conjunction and potentially integrated!

View all comments