Abundant Community Ritchie
Since then the Ritchie Community League and the Support Team have hosted several open house meetings to present the Abundant Community Edmonton (ACE) initiative. The great turnout at these meetings demonstrate the need for a framework to enhance neighbourliness and connections between neighbours. Many keen Ritchie residents have already signed up to become Block Connectors (BC) (stay tuned for the Block Connector list and check out if your block has its own BC).
Now, we are ready to hire a Neighbourhood Connector (NC) to coordinate and support the efforts of the BC team.
Abundant Community Edmonton
Abundant Community Edmonton (ACE) is a neighbourhood engagement and organization approach – basically, a way to build a culture of connection one neighbourly conversation at a time.
The benefits! ACE works with citizens to…
- Enable relationship building to advance connection and belonging
- Shape community life according to residents’ vision for their neighbourhood
- Build neighbourhood identity and pride through shared ownership and responsibility
- Facilitate local recreation opportunities
- Foster an environment of care for one another
- Reduce social isolation
- Increase safety on the block and in the neighbourhood
- Build the capacity of the neighbourhood to engage with neighbourhood leadership and the City of Edmonton
In 2016, Ritchie Community League has launched the Abundant Community initiative in the neighourhood and put together a Support Team (ST) to spearhead the project.
Be a point person for the block so that everyone can be in touch about block related matters (e.g. garage doors left open and neighbourhood watch) and so that info can be shared (e.g. events and news) back and forth with the community league, other neighbourhood associations and one another.
Initiate the organization of social events, such as block parties, BBQs, Halloween hot chocolate, wine and cheese) with/for your block.
Discover the vision for our neighbourhood, the activities and interests (e.g. soccer, photography) that you and others might want to share in with Ritchie neighbours and what skills, abilities and experiences (e.g. senior care, handy-man/woman) people would be willing to share with a neighbour or the neighbourhood. We have a Neighbourhood Conversation Guide to facilitate this information gathering.
To become a Block Connector, complete this form:
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