Love shared on Love Leigh page
Love Leigh is a community Facebook page which has helped a lot of people over the past three years.
With the idea of creating a Facebook page for events and to raise awareness around what was happening around the Leigh community, Melissa Crockett-Joyoue decided to start the page in June 2014.
‘‘I moved up to the area a few years ago and there was a great sense of community but it was difficult to access,’’ she said.
After the fire brigade had five call outs in one day Crockett-Joyoue decided she would organise an appreciation evening for them but had to find a way to do that.
‘‘I had to send out a lot of emails to key people and it took a while and three days to get sorted. After all of this I thought it would be cool to have a page to make it easier to communicate.’’
Crockett-Joyoue said she had seen other pages that were working.
‘‘In the end I created the page for community building, some really fantastic things have come out of it.’’
There were a couple of tragic deaths where one mother died, and there was an accident where a longterm resident died.
‘‘Through the page we were able to set up meals and do anything else that needed to be done. We sorted meals for the kids and did working bee jobs on their properties to take the stress off the families.’’
The page has just over 1650 members out of around 3000 to 4000 permanent residents in the area.
‘‘The page is a lovely way to build the community and a way to facilitate that old fashioned community heart.’’
Crockett-Joyoue runs the page alongside looking after her two-yearold son, and running Maori language and communication classes.
‘‘I spend around 10-hours a week monitoring the page and do checks to make sure everyone is happy.
‘‘I have made it very clear of the expectations and philosophy behind the page and that it is a space for community building,’’ she said.
‘‘I think being clear and having a pinned post about the philosophy of the page is an important part.
‘‘Also people must remember to put posters up for those who don’t have Facebook.’’