‘Street Contact’ support plan


A local initiative to stay safe and help each other in emergencies was greeted with enthusiasm at the recent Neighbourhood Support national conference in Wellington.
Called Street Contact, the idea involves a person looking after about 10 to 15 households ontheir street, who is able to maintain connections and hold information that could help in an emergency.
The project was created by Alexandra­ Clyde Neighbourhood Support and has been running locally since March.
Attending the conference were chairwoman Ruth McNamara and trustee Joy Watson.
Neighbourhood Support chairwoman Louise Grevel said she was thrilled with the initiative being piloted in Alexandra, saying it had received great support from local police and emergency response partners.
‘‘It’s a quick and clear way to identify our volunteer Street Contacts who are there to support the safety and wellbeing of neighbours,’’ she said.
An updated logo and inclusive vision was also a focus at the conference.
Mrs McNamara said the new logo would be rolled out in the local area over the next five years.
The focus would first be streets that had no sign at present, then the existing signs would gradually be replaced with the new logo.
About 30 signs would be replaced, with a further 30 streets added that at present had no sign, Mrs McNamara said.
The new logo was a ‘‘colourful update of the existing design’’ and had better representation, showing a range of different silhouettes to represent the wider community.