Love shared on Love Leigh page

Rodney Times - - OUT & ABOUT - RE­NEE CLAY­TON

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.’’

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