Does Our Amazing Place build community resilience?
Roberts, Linda; Gear, Carol; Howie, Nandulal; Bridgman, Geoff
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Citation:Roberts, L., Geall, C., Howie, N., and Bridgman, G. D. (2013). Does Our Amazing Place build community resilience?. Auckland, Violence Free Waitakere/Our Amazing Place Website
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2944
Objective The objective of this research was an evaluation of Our Amazing Place Treasure Hunt Events held in Unsworth Heights in the North Shore of Auckland and Massey in the West of Auckland respectively. The research focused on the question “Does Our Amazing Place build community resilience?”. Methods During the event participants were asked to fill out an evaluation form of their experience of the event and to provide some demographic data Results The statistics showed participants rated fun/fitness activities as the most enjoyable activity of the event. Secondly, they experienced a greater connection to their community in terms of becoming more aware of what their community had to offer and a high percentage of participants said they would continue connecting to their community after the event. Results also showed that a high percentage of participants engaging in the event lived locally and a over eighty percent of participants rated the event between 8 and 10 out of 10. Conclusion We identified some important patterns and themes that contribute to the building of community resilience if implemented within a community development framework. We also found that that the Our Amazing Place Treasure Hunt event is grounded in sound community development principles as it attempts to build connectedness and social capital within communities thus building community resilience in the process.