Neighbourhood Support gets a helping hand
Mt Albert resident Kim Sherlock is helping to unite her community against crime.
She’s the new Mt Albert Neighbourhood Support coordinator and became involved when she saw a flyer advertising a meeting in March.
“They said they didn’t have a coordinator for Mt Albert and would anyone like to do it.
“I’ve worked all my life and I’ve got the time to do something so why not volunteer?”
As a stay-at-home mum with a 22-monthold daughter, she decided it would be the perfect time to join Neighbourhood Support.
“At-home parents are great eyes and ears of the community. We’re always out pushing strollers and most of us have cellphones with cameras.
“We have the resources on us and we don’t have to put ourselves at risk, just take a shot and keep walking. It’s an area I can tap into.”
Getting to know other people in her street was a start and she now has a street group running for Kitenui Ave and nearby Bennett St.
So far, she has set up four new groups and is working with another two existing ones.
Mrs Sherlock organises for interested parties to meet with Mt Albert community constable Darren Calkin and get Neighbourhood Support groups running.
She also does flyerdrops around the area and updates the organi- sation’s database.
“We’re working to do one meeting a month and get quite few of the streets together.”
Mt Albert also has a number of unofficial street groups that Mrs Sherlock wants to hear from and get involved with Neighbourhood Support.
Getting the groups together would make it easier to get information back out to the community, she says.
Mrs Sherlock has also become involved with the Mt Albert Residents Association, which is banding together with Neighbourhood Support and the Eden-Albert Community Board to create a combined business and community association for the area.
She is also helping organise a free security workshop for business owners in the Eden-Albert ward, which will be held on September 9 at 7pm at the Mt Eden Memorial Hall.
Mr Calkin says Mrs Sherlock is a great asset for Mt Albert Neighbourhood Support.
“She’s full of enthusiasm, which helps a lot.”
He says her assistance gives him more time to focus on his duties and encourages people to get groups going.
“Having Kim getting out and being proactive with letter dropping and doorknocking has helped a lot this year.”
Anyone interested in forming a Neighbourhood Support group can contact Mr Calkin on 815-9604 or Mrs Sherlock at kimberlyjane@ xtra.co.nz.
Crime watch: Kim Sherlock is the Mt Albert Neighbourhood Support coordinator.