September 1st – Start a Neighborhood Newsletter (Suggested Activity)
A community newsletter is an extremely helpful way to keep your neighbours up-to-date on local events and initiatives.
Whether you’re new to an area or you have lived there forever, this is a great opportunity to strengthen the relationship you have with your neighbours and create a great sense of community spirit!
What You Need:
- A Newsletter Committee
- A computer to design your newsletter
- A printer
Form a committee
Reach out to your neighbours and let them know that you are putting together a committee to work on this project.
It doesn’t have to be anything too elaborate, all you need is a few people to contribute and help distribute the newsletter. Having a small committee makes the process easier and keeps your community directly involved.
Get in touch with your neighbours by setting up a WhatsApp, Facebook or email group and asking them all to join. Call into cocooners and seniors who may not be online and let them know about the project and how they can get involved.
Bring your newsletter to life
Once you have formed your committee, schedule a remote meeting via video app or organise a socially distanced meet-up to get the ball rolling on ideas for what the newsletter should include. Columns like neighbourhood news, upcoming events and gardening tips are a great place to start . Have fun with it!
Assign different articles and roles to everyone, and make sure you choose someone to design the finished newsletter. Once these elements are in place, your newsletter will be up and running in no time.
Set a deadline
Choose the date that you would like to see the newsletter go out to your community, and decide how many copies you would like to print. This gives you a very clear and tangible deadline to work towards.
Spread the news!
When you’re ready to distribute your newsletter, be sure to add a contact for neighbours so they can get in touch and contribute themselves! Spread the newsletter to your community and give yourselves a well-earned pat on the back!