Splice is delivering projects to address identified isolation in Auckland City Centre. These programmes have been supported by Foundation North NZ. 

Background

‘Bringing together diverse communities promotes social cohesion & community harmony. Social cohesion is evident when ethnic people have a sense of belonging and participation, and communities are inclusive and value diversity.’

Over-arching purpose:

Isolation has been identified as an issue in Auckland city centre with senior Chinese, stay-at-home- parents of under 5’s, and students being particularly affected.
The purpose of this project is to provide opportunities to build social cohesion between ethnic and ‘host’ communities, so everyone has a sense of belonging and can participate to build a neighbourhood that is inclusive and values diversity.

 

A - Families in the City / Parents of under-5’s:
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  • Healthy activity groups are established to provide a vehicle for parents and their children of all ethnicities to connect and build supportive friendships.

Current groups:

  • Yoga play-group

  • City Walkers (walking group)

  • Collaborative work with Plunket to promote and support a newly established Parent Support Group.

  • Collaborative relationship with the City Library to enable connections, trust building with parent groups and dissemination of information around activities for Parents of Under 5’s.

  • Co-manage an on-line ‘Meet-ups for Parents of under 5’ website where parents can get details about activities in the city.

  • Personal connections made with parents in parks, on the streets and in the library build trust and connects them to groups.

B - Older residents in the City Centre and Chinese seniors:

  • Build trusting relationships with older migrants to understand their needs and provide suitable opportunities for them to connect, socialise and feel more supported, confident and ‘at home’ in the community.

  • Links with grandparents caring for grand-children, many of whom are non-English speakers.

  • Collaboration with ACPA to link into, promote, support, and assist in expansion of existing group, to include new activities.

  • Increase trust and confidence in an environment where Chinese is spoken; introduce basic English where desired; find area of interest to develop other activities.

  • On-going work from 2016 to link senior Chinese by providing opportunities for them to connect with each other and to support development of their confidence to function in the city. Due to challenges of accessing apartments, Splice connects with people on city streets, at the central library and through other organisations.

    ·       ‘Tea Time:’ A weekly gathering for conversation and company. Consistently building numbers and consolidating trust and relationship.

    ·       Basic English teaching - introduced to address the noted lack of confidence to even attempt speaking English and the major affect this has on people’s ability to feel at home and function in the community. Observed improvement in confidence.

    ·       December 2016 ‘Kiwi Xmas dinner: Approx 25 Chinese guests + interpreters – very well received, positive and fostered further engagement.

    ·       A cross-cultural Yoga Playgroup was established to address isolation of stay at home parents. This is a very successful multi-cultural group.

    ·       Strong relationships built with other relevant organisations where links have been made to support community:

    -        Freemans Bay School (A multi-cultural school which most city centre children attend) Excellent parent support.

    -        Connection made with a very supportive Chinese parent to establish and administer on our behalf, a we-chat group - ‘City Neighbours’ . This is a major communication tool for Chinese so enables us to connect with a large (and growing) number of city centre Chinese.

    -        Myers Park Kindy: Multi-cultural city centre kindergarten.

    -        City Librarypromotion of opportunities by speaking to cross-cultural parents / grandparents after Central Library pre-schoolers groups.

    -       ACPC (Auckland Chinese Presbyterian Church)Good collaborative activities. Have made their hall available for activities.

    -       AUT (Auckland University of Technology) and EDENZ College: Inclusion of students in activities and encouragement for ESOL trainees to provide support in teaching English

    ·      YMCA experience: Senior group visit to YMCA and participation in ‘Never2old’ programme, as a start to becoming more aware of, and involved in, community opportunities.

    ·      Working to develop leaders within groups to support sustainability of the groups / activities.

 

C - Students in the City Centre:

  • Collaborative work with Chinwe (ARMS) to initiate support integration for students, specifically those in private training establishments.

  • We held a forum to hear the students voice.

  • Act on the needs of the students.
     

Other Established Activities:

Auckland Street Choir:

  • An inclusive group of around twenty which practices weekly and performs at various events, the street Choir is a fun community choir which meets in Auckland CBD Tuesdays 6-8pm. All welcome especially homeless & marginalised folk. Swing, reggae, soul, waiata & more.

Life drawing group:

  • A strongly supported programme,  Auckland CBD Life Drawing Group are a friendly bunch who meet Monday nights 6:30pm - 8:30pm to draw live from a nude model.
    Sessions are held at 385 Queen Street Level 7. Bring your own drawing supplies, all welcome.

City Walkers Groups:

  • Walking is a great way to meet people and make friends. Specific groups are being established for:

  • parents and children

  • Dog walkers

  • General walkers

  • As groups become established encourage social meet-ups if desired.

Retirees in the City Centre:

  • Meeting with retirees to establish what their needs are.

Human Library:

A library made up of human beings who represent groups in the community that may be exposed to stigma, prejudice or discrimination. ‘Books’ can be borrowed for conversation in a safe space with the purpose of developing greater understanding of others within the community.

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