Work, Play, Live

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of human relationships in our societies and their interconnectedness. You can bring your community together by being actively involved in supporting initiatives. Every little action will benefit the community. Historically, the urban environment has been recognised as an important determinant of health and wellbeing (pollution, disease, overcrowding). Now, health and well-being impacts of the physical urban environment is also considered. To improve the well-being of the community, all its components must be addressed: work, leisure and meeting. This module will highlight some exercises which enable the community to engage and provide tips on how to improve health and wellbeing residents.

What's in for me?
  • I’ll identify key issues in the community;
  • I’ll support local businesses to foster the community well-being;
  • I’ll boost community exchanges, including intergenerational exchanges;
  • I’ll develop community-based activities.

What’s up in my city?

This activity aims to create an online survey to identify the main shortages in terms of amenities in your city and to identify what are the main issues for the residents related to work, leisure, business and services.

What will I learn?

  • Communication
  • Community Engagement
  • Digital communication
  • Mediation

What will I need?

  1. Computer, laptop or smartphone/tablet internet access;
  2. Watch the Google Forms tutorial.

Download the exercise instructions

Street Libraries

Street library aims to provide free access to books or cultural materials for all. This type of library is an open cultural space and must be located in a place where as many people as possible will notice it.
Taking this challenge, you will create individually or with others a cultural space accessible to all community members, provide culture for all through books or cultural artefacts, network with members of your community and encourage them to engage both as providers and users of this cultural space.

What will I learn?

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Community engagement
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Digital communication

What will I need?

  1. Reused material or furniture;
  2. Computer, laptop or smartphone/tablet internet access;
  3. The internet is packed with online resources enabling to build a street library:
    https://www.bhg.com.au/build-a-street-library

Download the exercise instructions

Sharing Stories

This exercise will encourage community members to share their memories/stories/experiences. You will amplify local voices and promote intergenerational dialogue and boost cultural awareness..

What will I learn?

  • Communication
  • Community Engagement
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Digital communication
  • Mediation

What will I need?

  1. Computer, laptop or smartphone/tablet internet access;
  2. Audio/video recorder, paper notes and pen;
  3. According the final format you could use:
    1. E-portfolio: Padlet,Smore,Artsepts
    2. Presentation: Canva,
    3. Creative writing: Wordart
    4. Comics: Pixton
    5. Blogs: Wix

Download the exercise instructions

Think Local! Shop Local!

This activity aims to promote the local economy by supporting local shops. To do so, we will create a customised digital map including these local businesses.

What will I learn?

  • Communication
  • Community Engagement
  • Digital communication

What will I need?

  1. Internet access,
  2. Computer, laptop or smartphone/tablet
  3. App: uMap : http://umap.openstreetmap.fr/en/
  4. Tutorial for uMap:
Download the exercise instructions

Block Party!

A block party is an efficient way to build community ties. Its general purpose is to enjoy music, food, conversation, games or dance in order to get to know others. You will build social cohesion including intergenerational and intercultural sharing and create a new meeting space that benefits the community

What will I learn?

  • Teamwork and Interpersonal skills
  • Communication
  • Community Engagement
  • Mediation

What will I need?

  1. Computer, laptop or smartphone/tablet internet access;
  2. Furniture, food, etc…
  3. Some app to disseminate the event (optional):
    1. E-portfolio: Padlet, Smore, Artsepts
    2. Presentation: Canva,
    3. Creative writing: Wordart
    4. Comics: Pixton
Download the exercise instructions

Auto-photography

This activity applies a participatory method called “auto-photography”. It involves taking pictures of problems and potential solutions to them. By implementing it, you will encourage community members to spot and identify problems and potential solutions and foster community well-being.

What will I learn?

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal skills
  • Community Engagement
  • Digital communication

What will I need?

  1. Computer with internet;
  2. Cameras (if possible);
  3. Some apps to improve your outcome (optional)
    1. E-portfolio: Padlet,Smore,Artsepts
    2. Presentation: Canva,
    3. Creative writing: Wordart
    4. Comics: Pixton
    5. Blogs: Wix

Download the exercise instructions