Community Connectors are those willing to make it all happen – inviting others, making them welcome, organising. They are leaders who also encourage others to be leaders, as many hands make light work.
While they are the ones who put in the most effort, they are also the ones who make the most connections and friendships and feel the greatest sense of community.
As a Community Connector of a Street by Street group, your role is, first, to interest your neighbours in the idea and bring them together. Information about Street by Street will be available for you to distribute. You will be inviting your neighbours to come together and get to know each other. We’re finding that some informal social gatherings are the way to start, rather than going straight into a discussion of what you might do together. When you are ready for that discussion, you might lead it.
In a nutshell, the role of the Community Connector is to inspire engagement. It’s a question of listening to people, drawing out their strengths, and helping to translate ideas into action. You will be planting seeds and bringing up possibilities for the group and encouraging others to share their ideas.
As the group matures, you might also help to motivate the group, encourage others to take ownership of the group or particular activities, and keep people focused on the goals and actions that have been committed to. Ideally, you ensure that good records are kept of the group’s progress and experience, that your group reflects on progress from time to time, solves any problems, plans ahead and participates in evaluation.