NSNS is not about endless meetings or setting up committees, It’s a very informal casual setup. An initial meeting to get started is a good idea, this could be done by having a pot luck dinner or a sausage sizzle, followed by a street get together once or twice annually.
As a Street Contact, you’ll forward monthly email updates and street-based events. Groups function by mutual effort, trust, and cooperation between neighbours, by sharing information, ideas, and insights.
Some neighbours already know each other well and do look out for one another, so forming a group will then only be a matter of contacting us to formalize what already exists, and receiving Neighbourhood Support signs, stickers and household joining packs for your neighbours.
Benefits of being part of a Street Group
- Alert neighbours to any criminal activity or emergency preparedness events in the neighbourhood.
- Help minimise the risk of burglaries, graffiti, and car crime, by keeping an eye on neighbour’s properties in their absence. This helps creates a sense of belonging and personal wellbeing.
- Encourages neighbours to get to know each other and communicate freely.
- Share information that will help reduce the risk and fear of crime.
- Help nurture a sense of community spirit and that village feel.
- Educate and empower people to make their neighbourhoods safer.
- Enhance the safety and appearance of neighbourhoods.
- Break downs barriers of social Isolation and communication.
- Talk about and plan what your street would do in case of a civil emergency.
- Have access to information on who in your street has helpful resources or skills in the case of an emergency e.g. Generator, AED, or in-date medical training.
- Exclusively receive Monthly Police Crime Maps and NSNS emails.
- You will be provide with NS Street Signs for your street, 1 sign is supplied per 6 registered households. If you are unable to put these up, our office is happy to assist on request.
- Household joining packs containing NS stickers and essential safety and security information will be posted directly to members from our office, once they are registered.
- Ask us about our Neighbourhood Resilience Plan template for your group and be more prepared for civil emergencies.
If this sounds like a role you’d be interested in volunteering for, simply follow these steps:
- If not yet an NSNS member, please joining here first before continuing to the next step.
- Familiarize yourself with the Training Resource and Health& Safety document below.
- Download and complete the Street Contact Agreement.
- Send your signed Street Contact Agreement to our NSNS office via scanned email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are happy to help you approach your neighbours, host a meeting, or post online to see what interest you can generate. *All recourses and crime maps are available only to registered Neighbourhood Support North Shore members, these will be emailed monthly. (Please check your SPAM folder)