Neighbourhood Care Networks bring together community and neighbourhood-based groups and individuals to communicate and support each other, and share best practice, information and resources. Communities have organisations, groups and networks that form part of the bedrock of community. They act as anchors for community activity and provide a degree of permanence and structure needed for healthy communities.
In March 2020, POP liaised with the City Council (including its Public Health Department and Adult Social Services); community organisations, such as Nudge Community Builders in Stonehouse; STARS (Stoke Traders and Residents Association); The Hoe Neighbourhood Forum and Whitleigh Big Local to help create and support these networks to maximise support for neighbours-in-need.
POP wants to see communities in which groups are connected so they can help and care for one another. We want this to happen not only within neighbourhoods, but across Plymouth. Day after day we see amazing individuals who, if connected, could bring huge value to one another. Each group brings their uniqueness, strengths and skills, not to lose them, but to unite and celebrate.
Due to the pandemic, POP was forced to turn to digital technology to facilitate these networks. This has developed into a support package:
- Neighbourhood Slack Group – to connect and communicate via Slack, an online platform designed for collaboration.
- Careline (optional) – for people in your neighbourhood to reach out to you for support
- Community broadcast (optional) – for you to publicise events and invite people to step forward to help out
- Funding via Accountable a service by the Social Change Nest – to help local groups do what they do best, easily and simply without fuss and decided by you.
To find out more please contact PNCN@plymouthoctopus.org
Your Neighbourhood Needs You!
If you – or your organisation – want to be involved and can offer some support to your neighbourhood text 07411 949 742. Register your details and you will be contacted by someone from POP or from your neighbourhood who will be delighted to speak with you about how you might be able to help.
Neighbourhood Care Networks already working across Plymouth: