Postcode based groups
Postcode-based groups share many commonalities to other circles, however, they rely on a specific postcode, street or place that is ‘local’. Such initiatives often bring together neighbours from near and far, yet rely on a set location or suburb that acts as the host.
For example, Open Garage in Brighton exists in the private household of a family who open their garage door once a month to invite neighbours to share in their private space. Joe’s Connected Garden in Elizabeth is comprised of 5 neighbours’ backyards who connected their garden spaces to create one super garden that is shared among the wider community. Residents of Ian Street in Morphett Vale do not exist as an official group or body, yet is made up of a key group of people who look out for each other, run street parties, and act as neighbours always willing to give a helping hand.
While many of the postcode-based groups merge across different circles, what aids in their success is how they help to facilitate direct neighbour to neighbour contact. Even if it just a little library placed on one’s front yard or a large open garage, postcode-based circles help act as the ice breakers or conversation starters; they provide opportunities for neighbours to engage with each other and be seen. Such circles can create important opportunities for neighbourhood safeguarding, in which they help to facilitate the growth of relationships and meaningful engagement between neighbours.
Ian Street residents; Open Garage; Buy Nothing Project; The Little Library on Lloyd Street; Joe’s Connected Garden.