Media Release

Neighbour 2 Neighbour Townsville

Saturday June 15th, 2013

… Learning To Love Your Neighbour As Yourself…

Ever wondered why it takes something as big as a cyclone or a flood to bring our community together to help each other out? Well we have.

Over the past 2 years the Combined Churches of Townsville have been taking action to bring neighbourly kindness back into our community.

The Neighbour 2 Neighbour program is a day where members of the Combined Churches, alongside local Service Groups, volunteer themselves to assist in underprivileged homes in our community. Volunteers help by offering 3 hours of manual labour; whether it be cleaning bathrooms or cupboards, vacuuming, simple yard work, or even just sitting and having a chat.

The Townsville City Council, through their community support data base, has connected us to these homes via a letter from the Mayor. Most are elderly and are deeply moved that someone would come and help them. 

Over the past two years, the Combined Churches of Townsville have been greatly encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive response to the annual Neighbour 2 Neighbour program. Over 500 homes have been assisted by over 600 volunteers from 30 different churches and Service Groups.

This year the Neighbour 2 Neighbour program will be run on Sat 15 June.

We are always in need of Volunteers as the list of homes that need assistance continues to grow.

It is quite easy to volunteer – just go to our website and sign up. www.N2N.churchin.org.au  

One Day becomes Every Day

It is our intention that this not be seen as a once a year event, but rather a step towards raising neighbourly care back into its rightful place in our city. To our great joy we have seen many of the teams from last year continue their contact with the homes they helped.

Caring for others is not about words; it’s about actions.

Neighbour 2 Neighbour has the potential to change the mindset of the people in our city from one of selfishness and isolation to one of generosity and love. This could start with you.

Yours Faithfully,

Matthew Bolte

N2N co-ordinator

for The Combined Churches of Townsville

Web; www.n2n.churchin.org.au 

M: 0437 559047

E: n2n@churchin.org.au 


Media Release

Neighbour 2 Neighbour 2012

Learning to “love your neighbour as yourself”

Background

We are often amazed at the community support that bubbles up after a natural disaster. Many have commented on how “good it was to give and receive help from total strangers”, it seemed to “lift community spirits and restore peoples trust in humanity”.

The sad part of these comments is that it is obvious that we have lost something in our communities that only disasters bring out. What if caring for your neighbour wasn’t just a disaster response but an everyday practice.

To this end the Combined Churches of Townsville initiated the Neighbour 2 Neighbour program in 2011. It was hugely successful with over 400 volunteers assisting 350 homes in need across the city. The program received a Spirit of Townsville award at this years Australia day ceremony. But much more thrilling than the award is the fact that many of the volunteers have returned numerous times to continue to assist the homes they were initially allocated.

Neighbour 2 Neighbour is about teams of volunteers from the Combined Churches of Townsville & Community Organisations going into homes that need a bit of help and offering 3hrs of free manual labour. Just basic stuff like cleaning the bathroom, tiding the yard, mowing the lawn, vacuuming the carpets, or sitting and having a chat over a cuppa.

The Townsville City Council, through their community support data base, has connected us to homes that need this sort of help via a letter from the Mayor. Most are elderly and are deeply moved that the some one would come and help them. 

This year Neighbour to Neighbour Day will be Saturday 16th  June.

 

We are always in need of Volunteers as the list of homes that need assistance continues to grow.

It is quite easy to volunteer;  

just go to our website and sign up. www.N2N.churchin.org.au  

One Day becomes Every Day

It is our desire that this program become obsolete as the lessons of neighbourliness that we learn from this one day event become our standard everyday practice.

Yours Faithfully

Matthew Bolte

N2N co-ordinator

for The Combined Churches of Townsville

Web; www.n2n.churchin.org.au 

M: 0437 559047

E: n2n@churchin.org.au 


Media Release

Neighbour 2 Neighbour 2011

Learning to “love your neighbour as yourself”

Background

We have all been amazed by the community support that has bubbled up after the floods and cyclones in this State. Many have commented on how “good it was to give and receive help from total strangers”, it seemed to “lift community spirits and restore peoples trust in humanity”.

The sad part of these comments is that it is obvious that we have lost something in our communities that only disasters bring out. What if caring for your neighbour wasn’t just a disaster response but an everyday practice. To this end the Combined Churches of Townsville are working with the Townsville City Council to build community capital in fostering and modelling caring for our neighbours. We are working toward making neighbourliness an everyday practice in Townsville.

The first of many steps

Neighbour to Neighbour Day; Saturday 18th  June

Neighbour 2 Neighbour is about teams of volunteers from the Combined Churches of Townsville going into homes that need a bit of help on Sat 18 June.

Just basic stuff like cleaning the bathroom, tiding the yard, mowing the lawn, vacuuming the carpets, or sitting and having a chat over a cuppa.

The Townsville City Council, through their community support data base, has connected us to homes that need this sort of help via a letter from the Mayor. Most are elderly and are deeply moved that the some one would come and help them. 

 

We were amazed by the overwhelming response to the letter offering help from the Combined Churches of Townsville. We have received requests for help from over 450 homes. That means we need at least 900 volunteers on the day.

To provide this many volunteers for a single day is a challenge to the local Churches of Townsville and we have invited other community groups to help us.

At the moment we have over 140 volunteers signed up from over 30 Churches and community organisations. We are still in need of many more volunteers so that we can get to every home that has asked for help.

It is quite easy to volunteer;

 just go to our website and sign up. www.N2N.churchin.org.au  

One Day becomes Every Day

While this proposal is for a single day ( 18th June) it is our clear intention that this not be seen as a once a year program but as a first step to build care of neighbours back into the ethos of this City. We may need to run this several times a year for several years to create a habit of helping your neighbour. This then becomes a grassroots network of care and support for those in need.

Yours Faithfully

Matthew Bolte

N2N co-ordinator

for The Combined Churches of Townsville

Web; www.n2n.churchin.org.au 

M: 0437 559047

E: n2n@churchin.org.au