Strengthening communities through community centres, groups, and buddy systems
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.
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.
I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for less than one year
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
I am a medical doctor with a Master of Public Health