The second year Recreation and Leisure Services students in their final term Community Development course are partnering with the City of Welland’s Recreation Department to host a community meeting with Welland’s five Neighbourhood Associations. The two-hour meeting designed by the students is to help volunteers explore the need for a Neighbourhood Association Network and Develop a Draft Neighbourhood Association Policy to present to Welland City Council in June.
The theme for the workshop is “Festival of Neighbourhoods” to celebrate the important work that all of the volunteers contribute to their neighbourhoods. The workshop will include a Community Showcase of the research collected by our students from five municipalities in Ontario that have robust partnerships with their neighbourhood groups.
The workshop agenda includes “A Made in Welland Policy Puzzle” to build their own policy and a facilitated Force Field Analysis exercise to look at opportunities and obstacles in forming a neighbourhood association network with a view to maximizing their assets across neighbourhoods. The students will provide a resource table with a wide variety of take aways for the groups related to forming and managing Neighbourhood Associations including steps for how to incorporate.
The meeting takes place on Wednesday March 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Welland Arena, 501 King Street (second floor community room).