The establishment of South Alive was facilitated by the Invercargill City Council (ICC) through its focus on Urban Rejuvenation, one of its key strategies in the 2012-2022 Long Term Plan. In early 2012 a Steering Group was formed with wide community representation. 26 people attended the first meeting on February 14, 2012 and began to discuss their hopes and dreams for South Invercargill and how to move forward to achieve those.
The group developed a name, and a plan to hold a public meeting to identify and prioritise the projects the community wanted.
Here we are today 9 years in and still going strong.
MEET THE SOUTH ALIVE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Jess, Travis, Beryl, Trudy, Neeka, Robyn, Christabel, Paul
(Absent: Andrew, Gayle)
How amazing that 9 years of wonderful South Alive projects and events have passed by. Happy birthday to all of those in South Invercargill and to our many supporters who have been part of this outstanding community-led development.
We look forward to many more years to make sure that South Alive continues in its mission to be a "vibrant and diverse community that takes the lead in its own future."
The year has experienced its first Covid reminder of how easily this virus can re-emerge and spread. I am sure that many of you were like me in had to remember what to do in Level 2 and I was surprised at how easily I had forgotten. However what does need to be remembered is to make sure that we continue to practice good hygiene and health practices, use the Covid app (or sign in on the paper forms provided) and to especially look out for each other in our neighborhood. This can be a time when people can feel anxious and isolated and it is good to be kind and show support.
This week I also received a letter from our bank (it will be the same for many of the banks I am sure) advising us that cheques will soon no longer be accepted as a means of payment. For those of you, like me, who have lived in a paper traill world of invoices, receipts and cheques this will be a change. Come in to see us at the Pod where we now have two community computers installed and ask us about how we assist you to make this transition to a different way of dealing with money.
Lastly, if you know of anyone who may be interested in receiving our monthly newsletters, then please let us know at the South Alive office in the Pod and we can add their details to our mail out list.
I look forward to meeting with many of you at our Volunteer Appreciation Garden Party.
Take care and best wishes
We are in great need of volunteers for the up and coming annual Trolley Derby & Childrens Day held on Sunday 7th March 2021.
Come to our volunteers meeting being held on Monday 1st of March 2021 at 6pm here at South Alive - 262 Ness Street.
If you are interested in helping out please make contact with Claire by 03 218 6882 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lets make this a great day for the kids.
Our Trustees have been keen to provide South Invercargill residents with computers to assist with internet access. This was identified as a community need after the South Invercargill Westpac Bank closed.
Community Computers located at the Pod have been kindly donated by Habitat for Humanity for the community to use for things such as job searching, news, or internet banking.
Funding for the office furniture was kindly received through the Ministry of Social Development Community Capabilty and Resilence Fund.
During January 2021 South Alive held 3v3 Basketball for our rangatahi/youth on Thursdays & Fridays at the Pod. We were very fortunate to have the event funded through Tu Manawa Aotearoa Fund (Sports Southland) and sessions were run by the amazing Dan Peck (ex Southland Sharks basketballer).
The vibe was awesome, a lot of participants came every week and the new South Alive portable sound system was a massive hit with the rangatahi/youth. Here is what the youth said about this event:
"Everyone knew each other and it made it enjoyable"
"We were here for fun instead of being a competition."
"I enjoyed we were all friends and that we were playing a game that I love"
Thanks to Dan Peck for running this event. The bonus of having a wet weather plan mean that the youth could come anyway and have a yarn with Dan and each other about their holidays and how things were at home, whilst awaiting the gap in the weather to shoot hoops and most importantly have FUN!
SOUTH ALIVE FRIENDSHIP GROUP - BUS TRIP UPDATE
The Friendship Group had an enjoyable bus trip to Fortrose and Niagara Falls on 9 February 2021. The word is the nachos were impressive at the Niagara Falls cafe! Funding for this bus trip was kindly received from the Ministry of Social Development Community Capability and Resilence Fund as this bus trip provided connectedness and affirmed the importance of this friendship group, (that meets each week on a Tuesday at the Pod) as support for one another.
There will be another opportunity for a further community bus trip soon, if you have ideas or want to register your interest for amother community bus trip contact Claire on 2186882 or email@example.com
Thank you to Resene for supplying the paint which will be used to paint the new dog shelter at the dog park. Your support of the South Invercargill community is very much appreciated. The Dog Park Shelter painting has been deferred for a couple of weeks if you are keen to help with this working bee - your volunteering to help with this project is appreciated Please contact us at South Alive on 2186882 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY CAUSE CHANGES TO OUR EVENTS BELOW
Free Yoga - Thursday 25 February 2021 - 9.30am - 10.30am
Volunteer appreciation event - 27 February 2021 4pm (Garden Party Theme)
South Invercargill History Trail Insights - 5 March 2021 - 1pm - Southland Heritage Month Event
Dog Park Shelter Painting Working Bee TBA
Housing Event: 16 March 2021 7pm - Topic: Seed Saving
Village Market - Saturday March 13th 2021 - Time: 10am - 1pm
Individuals and other organisations welcome to join us
One trestle table $10
Gazebo 3m x 3m $20