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Methodist social services agency, Lifewise, in partnership with Takapuna Methodist Church, launched Know Your Neighbours in 2008 to promote neighbour interaction in suburbs on Auckland’s North Shore.
Since then the movement has expanded steadily, giving rise to the annual Neighbours Day Aotearoa campaign, a nationwide effort to address urban isolation.
A donation from The Tindall Foundation enabled Know Your Neighbours to undertake an evaluation of its impact, and how it can be transferred to other areas.
“The evaluation project helped approximately 40 residents, 20 stakeholders and ourselves to pause and reflect on all we’ve achieved and learnt,” Harrington commented.
“Sharing our experience is important because this helps build the knowledge base for how we can best make a positive difference in New Zealand.”
Participants in the Know Your Neighbours evaluation project are optimistic that the seed being planted now will blossom. “I feel that all of the kids that are growing up on this street will become great leaders and great ambassadors because of what we’re doing here,” said one respondent.
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