Connect Victoria Park sets sights on growing a neighbourly community

Anna O’Donnell (High Wycombe), Roger Meakes (computer support) and Annette Hoskisson (Village Hub- member services manager). Picture: Martin Kennealey
Anna O’Donnell (High Wycombe), Roger Meakes (computer support) and Annette Hoskisson (Village Hub- member services manager). Picture: Martin Kennealey

CONNECT Victoria Park envisions a community where members voluntarily help each other out and hence have created an online portal to do just that.

Established in January, the organisation will launch its online portal at the official opening of its village hub on August 17, from 10-12pm.

Chief executive Luke Garswood said the village hub was an American idea that aimed to connect and support people over 55 and encourage them to build community and share their skills and knowledge.

“We are not wanting to replace formal age care services but are rather trying to build a community where small neighbourhood blocks care for and know each other,” he said.

“This exists to an extent in the area but we feel there are still a lot of people who are isolated and could benefit from addition connections.

“The exciting things about the portal is that it will match approved volunteers with hub members seeking help or neighbour-to-neighbour assistance, for example walking the dog, getting a ride to the doctors or catching up for a cup of tea once a week.”

Initially the hub will source willing volunteers within its membership but has plans to open the portal to community members of any age under a ‘Friend of Connect Victoria Park Village Hub’ membership.

The hub launch will also include a small expo of how to get involved in its programs including art therapy, Nordic pole walking, chair yoga and book club.