Block connector program
Our Strong Neighbourhoods team has developed a new initiative in 2020 to further support our residents in building a sense of community in Kelowna’s neighbourhoods.
The Block Connector Program is a grassroots initiative with a simple but powerful purpose of helping neighbours get to know one another better. By having a dedicated person on the block, or a "block connector", to help build and maintain connections among neighbours, people will feel included, welcomed and connected with a sense of belonging within their neighbourhood.
By becoming a Block Connector, you are joining a larger community effort that aims to build a sense of community and connectedness on every street, apartment and condo complex in Kelowna.
Block Connectors are residents committed to connecting face-to-face with the closest 10-20 households on their block or apartment floor. They are dedicated to animating the block, building connections with and among neighbours, and inspiring neighbours to share their gifts, skills, passions, and talents with each other. In a nutshell, the role of the Block Connector is to inspire engagement with friends and neighbours within the block.
As a Block Connector, you will be encouraged to:
- Commit time to connect face-to-face with the closest 10-20 households on the block or floor.
- Help neighbours connect through an activity at least once a year.
- Attend a workshop session, and check-in social event.
- Act as a Point Person, Party Person, and Listener for your street, apartment or condo complex.
- Point Person: The “go-to” person for your block. Role is to keep neighbours updated about block and neighbourhood life. You might put together a block contact list to help neighbours get connected.
- Party Person: Role is to initiate block social gatherings such as BBQs and block parties once or twice a year. Or coordinate opportunities for neighbours to get involved and help lead.
- Listener: Role is to ask neighbours for their ideas for the neighbourhood, what pastimes they would enjoy doing with neighbours and the skills and gifts they would be willing to share with the block or with the neighbourhood.
Interactions among and between neighbours can have profound effects on an individual’s sense of safety, well-being and belonging, and help shape community identity and resiliency. Additionally, when people know the skills, passions and talents of those around them, they feel more confident in directly connecting with neighbours for support.
Have you ever needed to borrow a ladder? Ask for help with a garden project? Or needed someone to house sit while you’re away? The answer may be your neighbours. It can be a cost-effective way to support one another.
Block Connectors are residents interested in meeting new neighbours, hosting socials to bring neighbours together, learning more about who lives on the block and building connections. If this sounds intriguing to you, we would love to hear from you!
Let’s do this together! When you sign up to become a Block Connector, you will have access to ideas, resources, and a supportive team.
Interested in learning more about the program?
We encourage you to contact Strong Neighbourhoods or attend the Block Connector information session to make sure you have all the information you need before signing up to become a Block Connector.
Block Connector Info Session - Webinar
In this one hour snapshot, learn more about Strong Neighbourhoods and the Block Connector program. The webinar will also explore ideas about what neighbourhoods can do to foster social connection while maintaining physical distance as a result of neccessary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Wednesday, April 8
7 p.m – 8 p.m
*To register for this webinar, please complete the Block Connector Inquiry form and a Community Development Coordinator will contact you with next steps.
Block Connector Training
Those committed to becoming a Block Connector will receive a welcome package and will be invited to a 2 hour training session to help you get started.
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Please note that this date is tentative. Please check back for the latest updates regarding Block Connector Training sessions which may be postponed or adapted to an online format due to necessary physical distancing measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Time: 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
*Please complete the Block Connector Inquiry Form to receive more information.
Have questions about the program? Contact the Strong Neighbourhoods team at 250-469-8811 or email@example.com.