NEIGHBOUR CARE NETWORK
One-on-One Support and Encouragement
A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.
– Brene Brown, Author and Research Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
The Neighbour Care Network is a shared initiative of local church compassion ministries, organized, facilitated and supported by Kerr Street Mission.
The goal of the initiative is to build the capacity of the community to care for their neighbours in need. As well as building a network of trained care support volunteers we are engaging the network of care giving agencies and establishing a network of potential benevolent partners.
The Neighbour Care Network provides ongoing support and mentorship to Care Support Volunteers so they can come alongside individuals and families in difficulty and distress. The Care Support volunteers work with clients to identify and access available resources so they can get to a more stable and sustainable situation and improve their health and well-being.
The Neighbour Care Network operates on the basis of giving a ‘Hand Up’, not a ‘hand out’, by assisting Care Support Volunteers to uncover and address the root causes of the situation, and work with clients to create a viable plan which provides direction, accountability, relief and hope.
How can you care for those in your neighbourhood?
for more information about the Neighbour Care Network and how you or your church can get involved.