Our Ethos

A little Something About Community Spirit

Most of us hope that our globalised society can be more harmonious, more diversified, and become a place where we can all help each other. But, in reality, although our communities are related to every aspect of our lives, actual human interaction has become scarce. In light of this, community building should be a part of all people’s lives, so that we create a sense of belonging and reduce feelings of loneliness. In this ideal community, the upbringing and education of sharing and giving comes naturally, and any newcomers are instantly welcomed and recognise the culture of contribution. Through the work of community building children have opportunities to give and to volunteer, to spread their kindness and learn to connect with people in their neighbourhood. The spirit of reciprocity and sharing can be achieved through the work of community building in modern urban residential cities.

Living Streets held this holiday program with 3 purposes in mind;

  1. To teach the children in the neighbourhood the importance of the environment, wildlife, and sustainibilty through fun, educational activities like scavenger hunts, arts and craft, and a bird talk to introduce all the native bird species in the area. 
  2. To get everyone out in the Autumn sun before the chilly Canberra Winter sets in and encourage social interaction between neighbours of all ages
  3. And to raise awareness of the beautiful landscape and treelines that we have right on our doorstep. 

The Beauty of Watson

With this video, we would like to remind everyone of the beauty of their surroundings, whether that is in the people, places, or the little details in everyday life. Every now and then, stop to observe, appreciate and be grateful for all that we have. 

How Can I Start

Program

We have run many events and activities from small street gatherings to big suburb wide Halloween Trick or Treating. Read about all the different types of events, and how they have been run here.

Resources

It can seem daunting to try creating your own “Living Streets” if you don’t know where to start. We have created a collection of resources that may help you on your journey.

Inspiration

Picture Books, Talks, Videos, and other Organisations have given us inspiration for events we run and ideas we promote, so we would also like to share them with you!

Our Stories

Recent Activities, Reports, and Stories

  • Section 76, Watson Documentary
    The 4-year-long Section 76 Watson campaign was captured in our documentary. We hoped to convey the spirit of community that developed as a result of coming together to take action.
  • Community Picnic Day
    What a fun day out with the community, while learning about the local ecology and participating in the conversations about important community issues!
  • Section 76 Campaign- Community Consultations
    “THIS is how consultation should be run, with clear diagrams, models and information, out on a sunny weekend with lots of the community around, and young people involved in these issues!” This sentiment was shared by many passers-by who engaged with the Living Streets Youth at the Community Consultations held at Watson shops over 2 weekends of the April school holidays.

“No time is better spent than that spent in the service of your community.”

Bryant McGil

Awards and Recognition

2021 ACT Children’s Week- Children’s Commissioner Award

For making extraordinary contributions to other children and young people in the ACT Community.

2019 ACT Children’s Week- Youth Commitment Award

For recognising a need in their community and working together to create a solution.

2018 ACT Children’s Week- Significant Contribution Award

For making extraordinary contributions to ACT children and young people.

2016 ACT Children’s Week- Youth Commitment Award

For recognising a need in their community and working together to create a solution.

2015 ACT Children’s Week- Significant Contribution Award

For making extraordinary contributions to ACT children and young people.

Become a Volunteer

Whether you are a young person looking for friendship, fun activities, and rewarding interactions with the community.
Or a parent looking for a supportive group, and hacks or strategies to motivate your children
Or an older person looking to connect, chat, and share stories of experience
You will absolutely benefit from joining our team, contributing to some of our activities, or promoting our concepts in your own streets and neighbourhoods!