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Exploring your community? Why not MAP IT?

Posted by admin on July 4, 2019 in Community, Mapping, Social and isolation, Third Places |

If you want to remain socially active and connected you might want to take a look at your local community and perhaps then at yourself.

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Map produced by Community Cafe Member

How walkable or bikeable, how friendly, how sociable, how inclusive and how active is your local community? What makes your community tick? How much thought have you given to your immediate walkable area, your social contacts within it, your neighbours, the opportunities to meet new people and to engage in interests and activities?

Does your world begin and end at your front door or does it extend to the spaces beyond? Do you know where the meet up and bumping places are? Bumping places are where you are able to literally bump into people and start a conversation (coffee house, town square, local park, faith based organisation). Do you have a local park, is it socially and physically active? Do you have a local town square with adequate community seating and space and do people use it? Is your community open to intergenerational connection, accepting and inviting to different cultures and lifestyles and personal choice? Are new people made to feel welcome in all environments?

Do you know your neighbours? How many do you know and how well? Are you able to rely on them for the occasional errands or emergencies? Do you talk to them beyond the hello and the how are you? Do your neighbours hold condo or street events?

Would you call your neighbourhood a close community? If not, what would be your attitude to making it more connected and engaged? Do you know your neighbours attitudes towards creating more connected communities? Why not ask?

Is the world you live in, the people you know and the opportunities to make the most of your life important to you?

How dependent is your community on government action and supports? If you want to make a change you may have to get together with like minded individuals and local community organisations to make your community a more active, friendly, supportive and socially connected space.

To find out the answers you might want, as a first step, to map your walkable area. Your walkable area is defined by how far you would normally walk to get and do things in your local area? Any local parks, grocery stores, community centres, libraries, coffee shops, faith based community hubs and friends’ homes that you would regularly walk to and from, as part of your daily or weekly errands and activities, would be considered in your walkable area.

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Produced by a Community Cafe member

Your area may be 500m to either side and for others a bit bigger. If you have difficulty getting around, your area may depend on help from neighbours friends and family. Importantly, if you drive everywhere, you risk limiting social connection and engagement in your community for everyone.

Once you have mapped your area think about the places you go to and ask yourself the following:

· Do you bump into people on the way and say hello, or do most people ignore each other?

· Is your local Starbucks or Tim Hortons or Second Cup open and friendly with customers sharing a conversation every now and then?

· Does your local library hold events and clubs and meet ups in areas of interest to you? Do you go?

· What activities happen in your immediate neighbourhood, your condo or the 5 or 6 houses to either side of you?

· Are there regular events in local parks, town squares? Are they inviting, with people made welcome?

· Faith based organisations are the new leaders in community, opening themselves up to providing social connection and community function. 

· Do you know your local neighbourhood organisations? Why not contact them and find out what is happening in your area. Who are the “go-to” people? Connect!

· What would you like to see happening? What can you and others in your community do to make things more socially connected and inclusive? How can local businesses make their places of transaction also places of interaction?

While you may be too busy at the moment to consider your community, this may well change. How your community meets your future needs will depend on all our efforts made today.

Communities are not built solely by our governments, they are built by people who have a social and environmental interest in their local area, who recognise that trust and cooperation and connection lie at its very heart. Think about how local businesses, people of all ages and abilities, non-profits and the public sector can work together.

Community is a place where everyone has a potential role and a contribution to make. We can all start by educating ourselves about the importance of community, of social interaction, trust and cooperation. Most importantly we need to think of others and how each and everyone one of us contributes, connects and communicates.

Perhaps the most important change we can all make, as a first step, is by engaging in more meaningful conversation at every opportunity. Instead of just a “hello” or the “weather is great”, or “I am fine”, ask another deeper question and respond yourself with something more about yourself. If we grow our communities grow.

These and many other issues and questions are being addressed by Mosaic’s Neighbours and Communities group. Mosaic’s Neighbours and Communities group is exploring community, its development and its voice amongst interested citizens from a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and interests.

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Mall wide Seniors’ Month event at Mosaic and the Shops on Steeles and 404: Music, Dance and Theatre in Appreciation of Seniors and community

Posted by admin on June 17, 2019 in Community, Community Theatre, Dance, Social and isolation, Third Places |

June 14th was a day for celebrating, for connection, for interests, activities, inclusiveness, multi-cultural engagement and community. It was also a day for showing how we can transform places where people go to transact to one where we can also connect, bump into one another and experience. At Mosaic, with the help of the management […]

Elder Abuse Awareness Day–June 15th

Posted by admin on June 13, 2019 in Elder Abuse & Awareness |

What events are happening in your local area? World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15th.  There are many events happening in and around your communities designed to engage people in awareness and prevention of financial, emotional, physical and sexual abuse of older adults specifically.  A good website for information can be found at Elder […]

On Creating a community or ““My knitting group has broken up,” said mom on the telephone….”

Posted by admin on May 13, 2019 in Community, Creative, Knitting Groups, Mid town |

“My knitting group has broken up,” said mom on the telephone, “but I may have found a new group to join.  We got a flyer at the condo about a knitting group at the CNIB that’s open to the community.” “You should go,” I said.  “Winter is coming and you’ll need something to do. Besides […]

Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy, Free Workshop for Care Partners–9 and 29 May

Posted by admin on April 2, 2019 in Community, Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy, Events |

Social Workers: Helping Resolve Life’s Challenges

Posted by admin on March 4, 2019 in Social work, Social Work Week, Social workers |

Every year in March, Canadians acknowledge the important work provided by Social Workers with Social Work Week. This year, the theme is “From everyday issues to complex needs: Social Workers, it’s what we do” and is being held the week of March 4-10, 2019. The primary role of a Social Worker is to help people […]

February – The Month of Love

Posted by admin on February 14, 2019 in Community Centres, Valentines Day |

Beth Eshete and members of our community on Valentine’s Day 14 February 2019 Every year, seemingly the day after New Year’s, the advertising starts for Valentine’s Day. Red hearts in store windows, media advertising diamond jewellery to show how much ‘you love a person’, and of course, chocolate. Let me say right now, I LOVE […]

Community Mapping Project–recent article from Markham Life (Spring 2019)

Posted by admin on February 11, 2019 in Community, Mapping |

The Magic of Opera…the magic of rich, diverse community space…

Posted by admin on January 21, 2019 in Community, Creative, Education |

At Mosaic Home Care and Community Resource Centres we provide community space and host events that are open to the wider community.  We aim to facilitate connection, meaning, fun, education, interaction and to emphasise the value of “human being” across the full spectrum of being. One of our more popular events, the Magic of the […]

Join Mosaic at the IG Wealth Management Walk For Memories on February 2, 2019!

Posted by admin on January 14, 2019 in Alzheimer's, Walk for Memories |

Join Mosaic at the IG Wealth Management Walk For Memories on February 2, 2019! This is a huge fundraising event that happens every year for Alzheimer’s disease. Mosaic is one of the many sponsors for this event and we are encouraging everyone to come out and support a great cause and also represent our company. […]

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