Great Neighbours

Great Neighbours is an initiative connecting neighbours on your rural or urban block. Remember a time when we used to know our neighbours? It doesn’t have to be a thing of the past. Great Neighbours is a grassroots initiative helping neighbours get to know one another better.
graphic design for the Great Neighbours initiative

Are you too shy to meet your neighbours? Feel as though everyone is too busy? This initiative helps reduce the barriers to getting to know the people who live around you.

What is Great Neighbours?

Watch this short video to learn what the initiative is all about.

Block Connectors

Block Connectors are being recruited across Red Deer, Red Deer County, Bowden, Delburne, Elnora and Penhold, to informally connect neighbours.

Block Connectors will be asked to:

  • Have a friendly chat with the closest 10-20 households on the block.
  • Help neighbours connect at an activity once a year.
  • Receive training.

Would you like to become a Block Connector? Contact Community Mobilizer Nora Smith at creativexchangeconsulting@gmail.com.

Training Opportunities

Connector Night: See if it fits

In this one hour snapshot, learn more about the Great Neighbours initiative, the Block Connector opportunity and easy ways to get to know the people around you.

Dates: July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10 and November 14
Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Place: Coconut Room (4924 50 St, Red Deer)

Block Connector Training

Block connectors are a key part of Great Neighbours, a grassroots initiative that aims to connect people where they live. They chat with the closest 10-20 households on their block and help neighbours connect with an activity at least once a year. This hands-on workshop provides tangible tools and tips to become a confident and successful Block Connector. Areas covered include cultural awareness, volunteer safety, event planning and ongoing support.

Dates: July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24 and November 28
Time:  6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Place: Coconut Room (4924 50 St, Red Deer)

Please RSVP by contacting Community Mobilizer Nora Smith at creativexchangeconsulting@gmail.com.

Funding Opportunities

Would you like to spark a connection with your neighbours and within your community? Our Spark Grant provides a matching grant to help you build relationships and get to know your neighbours. Applications must include 3 or more households interested in participating in the project, and applicants can apply for funding at any time. Learn more about our Spark Grant.

Why be Neighbourly?

Research tells us that when we know our neighbours, it helps us in many ways:

  • Boosts our physical and mental health
  • Helps us feel safe when we watch out for one another
  • Saves us time and money by sharing resources and swapping services
  • Promotes the environment by encouraging local shopping, carpooling, garden produce sharing
  • Supports the growth of children and youth
  • Makes us happy by reducing isolation and increasing caring and belonging
  • Read our Great Neighbours pamphlet (pdf)
Resources

Neighbourhood Bingo (pdf)
Block Contact List - Sample (pdf)
Sample Introduction Letter (pdf)
Common Ground Activity (pdf)

This initiative is funded by the Red Deer & District FCSS and facilitated by The City of Red Deer.