As the year draws to a close we wanted to reflect on the year that has been. Here is just some of South Alive's story this year...
2019 saw the completion of Stage 3 of The Pod with the opening of our two new community rooms: Paikea and Kewa. We have had fantastic support from the community for the new meeting rooms with over 340 bookings since they opened for bookings in February.
Some of the regular groups which meet there are the seniors’ friendship group, the rag rug group, embroidery and hand sewing group, crop swap, and youth gaming.
EVENTS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Events are a great way to bring our community together and showcase South Invercargill. There has been no shortage of events this year with ….
· Night Food Markets · Public Meeting
· Opening of The Pod—Stage 3 · Street Party
· Trolley Derby & Children’s Day · Christmas Volunteers’ Party
· Crop Swap · World Kindness Day
· Spring Kids’ Poetry Festival · Volunteer Bus Trip
· Spring Flower Show · History Trail Community Engagement
· Youth Gaming Events · Computer Training Workshops
· Cuppa with a Coppa · Book Club
· Teviot Street Reserve—Picnic in the Park
We couldn't do all that we do without a bit of fundraising and this year we have raised money through...
· Quiz Night
· Jack ‘n Jill Photo Session Fundraiser
· Fundraising BBQs
· South Alive branded beanies and t-shirts
· Raffles at various events
ACTION TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS
Fruit and Nut Team
Workshops—Grafting & Pruning
Maintaining 8 orchards
30 working bees
Hazelnuts fruited for the first time
2019 Random Recognition Awards— 12 houses in South Invercargill recognised that show care and pride in presentation of their street frontage
Electric Blanket testing
Advocating for empty sections to be tidied.
Hanging baskets—replanted and hung up along main street
Community garden maintained
Zero Rubbish team of volunteers keeping our streets clean
Fundraising through plants in The Pod for a koha
Youth Week Art Showcase (in conjunction with the Southern DHB)
Creative Space Art Exhibition
JOINING A TEAM
We have recently re-formed a group to progress the Dog Park Agility Course, and we are looking for more young people to join our Youth Team. If these, or any of the other groups, sound like something you would be interested in, contact us at email@example.com.
And finally, it is time for us to give thanks…
To our volunteers
A huge thanks must go to our incredible volunteers. Year after year our volunteers continue to give a huge amount of their time to our community. South Alive wouldn't be here without their commitment, grit and passion. Thank you to everyone who has given their time and energy – we’re truly grateful!
To our donors, supporters and funders
Our sincere gratitude goes to all the companies, organisations and individuals who have supported us with products, services and time throughout the year. We’d especially like to thank the Department of Internal Affairs, Community Trust South, Invercargill City Council, the Lottery Grants Board and Community Organisations Grants Scheme. Your commitment to South Alive allows the ideas of our community, events and projects to come Alive!
To our community
Finally, thank you to our wonderful community for your amazing ideas and passion for your community. Everything South Alive supports to make happen in South Invercargill is the result of community members telling us what is important to them. We are grateful for your continued support of what we do, your participation at our events, and your belief in your community!
The South Alive Office will close on Friday 20 December 2019 and will re-open on Monday 13 January 2020. We wish you all a wonderful break over summer, and a healthy and prosperous New Year!