Path to Neighbourhood Connection

Knowing your neighbours is vital to creating a safe, connected community. 

Whether you have just moved into a new area of St. Albert or are a long-time resident there are always paths to find fun and safe ways to stay social. Be sure to follow all provincial guidelines on COVID-19  when interacting with anyone outside your core household.    

Build a sense of community in your neighbourhood by following the Path to Neighborhood Connection below. This tool will help neighbours connect with one another by providing helpful tips and ideas. Select the route you are most comfortable with below to get you started.   

 

I don't know my neighbours. How do I get started?

Introduce Yourself!

  • If you are new in the neighbourhood, knock on your neighbour's door and introduce yourself from a safe distance of two metres away.
  • Welcome new neighbours with a small care package from your favourite local business or information about the neighbourhood.

Make It A Priority To Know Your Neighbours

  • Be friendly and approachable.
  • Smile and say hello when you see them outdoors!
  • Stop and talk from time to time.
  • Meet and get to know the children and teenagers in your neighbourhood.

I know some of my neighbours. How can I meet more?

Be Present in Your Neighbourhood

  • Spend time in your front yard instead of the back yard so you can interact with passing neighbours.
  • Walk the block and chat with neighbours, including children and youth.
  • Walking with your children or pets can be great conversation starters.

Engage With Your Neighbours in a Variety of Social Activities

  • Organize a block party. The City  has lots of great resources to help!
  • Host impromptu physically distanced front yard gatherings after spring or fall yard work or even after snow shovelling.
  • Encourage children and teenagers in your neighbourhood to be involved by helping with neighbourhood activities.

I know my neighbours. How can we connect more?

Create More Opportunities to Interact with Your Neighbours

  • Try holiday themed activities such as a Christmas light up event or colouring paper Easter eggs to display in the window.  
  • Make your Block Party a yearly event.
  • Become a neighbourhood connector and help to engage those living around you.

Help Neighbours When They Need Assistance

  • Shovel or snow-blow a neighbour's sidewalk and driveway.  
  • Offer to pick up groceries or prescriptions for anyone that may be self-isolating due to COVID-19 and leave items on their front step, so they have what they need while staying safely indoors.  
  • Offer to bring a neighbour's mail in and watch their house while they are away.  

Work Together to Create A Safe Neighbourhood

  • Make and get permission from neighbours to circulate a neighbourhood phone and e-mail list.
  • Be familiar with your neighbourhood including who lives there, what vehicles they drive and who regularly visits.
  • Let your neighbours know if you have an extended guest staying with you.
  • Turn your exterior lights on in the evenings and consider installing motion sensors.
  • Let trusted neighbours know when you plan to be away and who will be watching your home.

Our neighbourhood is connected and we are ready to grow a network of caring neighbours. Where do we start?

Have Fun Together Safely!

  • Share recipes and do a virtual meal prep night.  
  • Contact local businesses to see if they offer online workshops that you can participate in together from the comfort of your own homes.
  • Try playing a new game online each week together such as BINGO, Pictionary or Scattergories and leave prizes on doorsteps for the winners.
  • Start an online book club. The St. Albert Public Library is a great resource to help you get started.   
  • Offer to assist those who may not be as knowledgeable with video conferencing platforms and call ahead before a scheduled “meet up” to walk them through the process.  

Work Together to Benefit the Whole Neighbourhood

  • Organize a contactless food drive. 
  • Choose a non-profit and contact them to see what resources they might need. 

Take Care of One Another

  • Take note of neighbours who are experiencing a family crisis or illness and offer support.
  • Ask for your neighbour's assistance when you need it. It feels good to be able to help others.
  • Shovel someone's sidewalk and be open to having the favour returned.
  • Take care of your neighbour's home when they are away and get your trusted neighbours to watch your home when you are away.
  • Organize neighbours to help a neighbour who is experiencing a prolonged illness or an emergency.

Stay in Touch Throughout the Year

  • Exchange phone numbers and/or e-mails to make it easier to be in touch.  
  • Create a Facebook page for your street.
  • Be mindful of neighbours who do not use e-mail or social media and keep them informed by phone or paper.

Be Proactive About Crime Prevention and Safety

  • Encourage your neighbours to follow the “9 p.m. Routine.”
  • Use the City's Crime Map to be aware of crimes in your area
  • Contact neighbours to alert them to local safety concerns
  • Consider forming a Neighbourhood Watch group or joining Citizen's Patrol
  • Connect with local RCMP members if you have questions or concerns

This resource was created by the St.Albert Neighbourhood Network.

For more information, or to join the Neighbourhood Network, contact Angie Dedrick, Neighbourhood Development Coordinator, at adedrick@stalbert.ca.


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Last edited: November 25, 2020