Building Resilient Neighbourhoods increases the capacity of citizens to organize initiatives that build stronger relationships, improve local economies and increase self-reliance within their communities. Building Resilient Neighbourhoods is a collaborative initiative hosted by BC Healthy Communities.
"Resilience is our ability to respond and adapt to change in ways that are proactive, build local capacity, and ensure essential needs are met."
What is Building Neighbourhood Resilience about?
Social, environmental and economic issues are challenging human and community well-being. Many communities and individuals today face a complex range of social, environmental and economic challenges in order to balance the diverse needs of people and the planet.
Meeting our basic needs closer to home through expanding local, co-operative and self-reliant communities is a key strategy to help us reduce our impact on the environment, while enhancing community prosperity and strengthening social ties and community cohesion.
A sense of connection to the people and places where we live is central to building resilience. Many people are recognizing that we need different ways of addressing our shared challenges to transform our social lives, shared spaces and places, and local economies.
Resilience is about working together to try different ways of building stronger, more connected relationships, celebrating the interdependence of neighbourhoods and leading communities to greater local self-reliance.
What is Building Resilient Streets About?
One way that to begin to make our communities stronger is by making efforts to meet, nurture and strengthen the connections and relationships between neighbours on the street where we live, or in our apartment, townhouse complex or condominium building. This is building a resilient street.
"Resilienct streets nurture and strengthen the connections and relationships between neighbours on a street, in an apartment, townhouse complex or condominium building."
Sometimes it seems overwhelming to try to change entire neighbourhoods or communities to make them more resilient. However, reaching out to the people near us is a simple first step.
In a resilient street or building, people who live close to each other may, for example, have more social events to get to know one another better, start sharing tools, be more available to help each other with errands or during emergencies, or work on different issues or projects together.
Resilient Streets are places where neighbours:
You can join with your neighbours to contribute to your resilient neighbourhoods one block or building at a time. Over time, as we knit those connections together, neighbourhoods can change as well as whole communities!
How can I help make my street a Resilient Street?
The Resilient Streets Toolkit offers fun, interesting and creative projects done in buildings and on streets in other neighbourhoods, from micro-libraries and shared gardening spaces and tools to new business enterprises.
Through the PlanH Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund, we will be partnering with up to four communities across BC to implement and adapt the Resilient Streets program in diverse contexts. To find out more about the Resilient Streets Pilot Communities grants available to support this, please visit www.planh.ca and sign up for the PlanH newsletter.
Resilient Streets Workshops, micro-grants and specialized resources are available to residents of greater Victoria.
Contact us to find out more and sign up for email discussion groups to share your ideas and hear about other projects in the region.
Characteristics of a Resilient Community or Neighbourhood – A Checklist: This short primer provides an introduction to what resilience is about.
Resilient Streets Toolkit: offers fun, interesting and creative projects that have been done in buildings and on streets in other neighbourhoods
Victoria Resilient Streets Toolkit Addendums: If you are located in Esquimalt or the City of Victoria, download these addendums as well to find out more about local resources that can support you and your neighbours to implement a Resilient Streets project. Esquimalt Addendum. VicWest Addendum.