Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port gets a help­ing hand

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

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.

Photo: JANIE SMITH

Crime watch: Kim Sher­lock is the Mt Al­bert Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port co­or­di­na­tor.

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