DOUGLAS neighbourhoods are encouraged to support each other by forming a Street Bank in their street.

Street Bank is a community-run initiative that came about at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to inspire streets to pool resources and support residents in need (whether in isolation or at risk), especially seniors or neighbours with medical conditions.

A Street Bank gives neighbourhoods the tools to create connectivity and identify which neighbours might need help and those available to help them, whilst still maintaining social distancing rules.

Council’s People and Community Services Manager, Terry Farrelly, said vulnerable members of the community could find it difficult to get the help they need.

“It’s times like these that being a ‘good neighbour’ can have a profound effect on those in your community,” he said.

“Starting a Street Bank in your street is a positive way to establish a connection with those who live closest to you, allowing everyone to coordinate support for those who need it most.

“It takes just one street coordinator to make a Street Bank and good neighbourhood to make it a reality.”

Interested in starting a Street Bank in your Street?

Click here to learn how to become a Street Bank Coordinator in your street.

While Street Bank is an idea formulated to encourage cohesive neighbourhoods, it is not a Council-run initiative.

A Council Community Development Officer can provide tools and resources to a Street Bank Coordinator to assist with the role to support their street.