Bringing back sugar-lending communities
A quiet cul-de-sac in Bayview has decided to take a stand against crime by starting its own Neighbourhood Support group.
After there was a theft on his street, concerned neighbour Ron Hellesoe said it was time to band together and work as a neighbourhood unit.
Especially considering the close communities of the past have faded in modern times. So, Hellesoe went knocking on every door in his small street to rally support for its first public meeting on November 5.
‘‘Everyone was very supportive of the idea. Almost the whole street was there [at the meeting],’’ he said.
There are so many crimes that have been committed, where neighbours have seen or witnessed it and not done anything - because they couldn’t tell the difference between a burglar and a visitor, he said.
‘‘It’s hard to see New Zealand the way it is now. You don’t know who to trust.’’
Hellesoe said he wants to bring back the ‘‘sugar-borrowing’’ community spirit.
The next step will be getting a Facebook page together, and organising a street party for December.
In fact, ever since the meeting on Sunday, the closeness of the street has been improved, he said.
The wide range of nationalities and jobs on his street is amazing and he is enjoying getting to know his neighbours, he said.
People say, ‘‘Hello, how are you,’’ when they walk down the street, he said. ‘‘It’s providing trust in your community.’’
After his cul-de-sac’s group is firmly established, Hellesoe said he is going to go door-to-door on the next street.
‘‘I want to encourage and develop leaders and hopefully this will pave the way for a more positive future too,’’ he said.
‘‘We are all leaders,’’ he said. ‘‘I can’t make it work, my neighbours can. It’s not about me it’s about us.’’
North Shore Neighbourhood Support manager Jacquie Jarry said neighbourhood groups are ‘‘totally beneficial’’.
Getting to know your community establishes that ‘‘village feel’’ that has fallen down a bit, Jarry said.
The police are busy, so getting to know your neighbours and watching out for each other can make a difference.
To start a group head to neighbourhoodsupport.co.nz.
Community member Ron Hellesoe wants to encourage others to become leaders.