What a fantastic gathering of community-minded people doing amazing things throughout the Upper Clutha! Ben Elms (aka Dr. Compost) reminded us of how energy ebbs and flows when leading a community group – and there are a few spaces where energy is definitely flowing strongly! The community garden concept is surging, with Grow Wānaka starting to clear land in Albert Town for their exciting project, Hawea Food Forest going strong into their next chapter, and Community Gardens at the Hub looking for families or individuals interested in tending a planter box of veggies with community support.
Sophie Ward talked about the Wastebusters Repair Revolution underway – check out their website for the next chance to catch their mobile repair cafe. Ben Acland is seeking interest in a community shed and repair hub, which you can read about here.
Lorraine Knowles from the Wānaka Upper Clutha Lions told the story of Lilliput Libraries popping up, and shared how the St. John/SPCA Outreach Pet Therapy is changing lives.
Sarah Millwater brought Hawea news — the story of the Hawea Sharing Shed which is always looking for volunteers, and an update on youth activities happening through the Get Stuff Done collective which is just getting underway. Nathan Weathington told the story of the successful Albert Town Community Association, how important neighbourhood associations are for connection, and how it’s changing with the times.
If you want to connect with any of the people or projects showcased, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huge thanks to all presenters and attendees — it was great to see connections happening all around the room… we heard more than once that the Connection Cafe was “just what I was looking for” to get informed and plugged in. We expect to host one more before the end of 2020, so stay tuned for details!