Join Neighbour Lab for a guided stroll through the neighbourhood to learn about local risks, to share knowledge, resources and skills, and to collaborate on new plans and actions – through storytelling.
Our friendly facilitators lead neighbours on an engaging story to envision the aftermath of a natural disaster in a unique, local context. With a narrative crafted for the route, we guide residents in picturing the landscape in the wake of an earthquake scenario or severe weather event. Along the route, Neighbour Lab features local assets and initiatives, and provides space for neighbours to identify and share their own community strengths and resources. Resilience walks are as playful as they are practical, and we accommodate all backgrounds and abilities!
Each event is two hours long and consists of the following activities:
Guide a group of up-to 25 neighbours through an accessible walking loop with multiple stops along the way. Each stop, from parks to sidewalks to businesses paints a vivid picture of a post-disaster scenario. Along the route, community leaders and business owners meet us to discuss ongoing resilience initiatives and answer any questions.
Upon returning to the starting point (usually a park or recreation centre) we provide refreshments and ensure there is a bathroom available. We also have a wheel set up for participants to spin and win resilient prizes.
Depending on the focus of our guided tour, we engage residents in a lively discussion that dives deeper into the topics covered on our walk. This activity often takes the form of asset mapping but can range anywhere from gardening to emergency kit building.
Questions & Socializing
Building strong neighbourly relationships is crucial for effective disaster preparedness. That's why we always allow time for participants to mingle and ask any remaining questions at the end of the event. This informal session provides an excellent opportunity for neighbours to exchange ideas and contact information, strengthening their connections and fostering a greater sense of community.
How we make
We meet with event partners to determine the most relevant topics for discussion and research the chosen topic in relation to the geography, demographics and characteristics of that neighbourhood. Through our expansive network of connections, we reach out to relevant initiatives local to that area and create a list of 2-4 representatives to speak at locations along the route.
For widest reach, we recommend offering an event series that encourages participation from multiple neighbourhoods. We offer increasing discounts when planning multiple events with a minimum of 2 events and a maximum of 10. We understand how difficult it can be to fundraise and how important this work is; for assistance in fundraising, Neighbour Lab can support grant application processes. For some community groups, non-profits and grassroots neighbourhood initiatives we can host a single event.
Everyone can benefit from a Walk & Roll.
The Resilience Walk and Roll program can help build stronger and more resilient neighbourhoods! By fostering social connections, and promoting community-wide preparedness, this program can help ensure that communities are better equipped to handle any emergency, big or small. An investment in the Resilience Walk & Roll is an investment in community preparedness, social connection and community resilience!
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