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Last modified: 22 Sep 2020 8:30am

A new directory aims to help build awareness and connections for the Selwyn community.

The Council’s new community directory has launched—providing a searchable online directory of community groups in the district.

Over 300 groups and organisations ranging from sports clubs and social services, to arts, crafts and music groups have already signed up to the directory, where people can find groups they are interested in, or what is available in their area. People can visit the community directory or register their group now.

The directory also has an events page where groups that are registered with the directory can promote their own event. The page was a response to a request from community groups for more space to promote their individual event big or small and anywhere across Selwyn, Council Group Manager Community Services and Facilities Denise Kidd.

The Council will continue to help profile some events in addition to their inclusion in the directory, but the directory provides a free space for groups to do their own promotion directly to the public.

The aim of the directory is to support the groups and help build up and strengthen the Selwyn community, Denise says.

“It’s important, especially for newcomers, as well as for any resident. This directory is intended to connect people with others with the same interests or let them see what’s in their area. It is intended to also let people know which non-governmental organisations’ (NGO’s) are delivering social, health or education services and where to go for support. It’s a good way to meet others and become part of the fabric of the community. Being connected in the community is something that boosts people’s wellbeing generally and also helps them to do well in times of adversity.”