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;
- 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.
- To get everyone out in the Autumn sun before the chilly Canberra Winter sets in and encourage social interaction between neighbours of all ages
- 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
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.
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.
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!
Recent Activities, Reports, and Stories
- Association for Learning Environments- Kelley Tanner Innovation AwardLiving Streets Association | 2022 October The Association for Learning Environments has recognised Living Streets Association’s Community Codesign- Bottom-Up Neighbourhood Planning Process by awarding us the Kelley Tanner Innovation Award- Most Valuable Player of 2022. Acknowledged as on of the world’s most innovative, we strongly hope this codesign process can be the mitigate to widespread … Continue reading Association for Learning Environments- Kelley Tanner Innovation Award
- Educational Significance of Community ConsultationsCommunity consultation is an excellent opportunity for residents of all ages to exchange ideas on an ideal community. These consultations also have an important educational significance.
- Children’s Week Youth AmbassadorsLiving Streets Association | 2022 October Just a few years ago, Living Streets were the Awardees at the @act_childrens Week ceremony, but this year, we were invited to become their Youth Ambassadors! It was a great honour to host the Children’s Week Launch and Ceremony and have the chance to participate in the behind-the-scenes work. It was … Continue reading Children’s Week Youth Ambassadors
“No time is better spent than that spent in the service of your community.”
Awards and Recognition
2021 ACT Children’s Week- Children’s Commissioner AwardFor making extraordinary contributions to other children and young people in the ACT Community.
2019 ACT Children’s Week- Youth Commitment AwardFor recognising a need in their community and working together to create a solution.
2018 ACT Children’s Week- Significant Contribution AwardFor making extraordinary contributions to ACT children and young people.
2016 ACT Children’s Week- Youth Commitment AwardFor recognising a need in their community and working together to create a solution.
2015 ACT Children’s Week- Significant Contribution AwardFor 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!