Connected communities are happier, healthier, more productive and more resilient.

What this means

Connected communities are happier, healthier, more productive and more resilient.  The relationship between the Council and the community should be based on partnership.  Being an active citizen can include a wide range of activities and involvement - and Council is changing its ways of working to better accommodate this.

How we will get there

Develop an innovative volunteering programme that builds on current Council initiatives and increases the engagement and contribution of volunteers.

Embed active citizenship in all policy and strategy reviews, developing standard principles and processes for active citizenship.

Establish a centre of learning that will grow staff capability to act as active citizens and support active citizenship (to include a social innovation capability learning module).

Develop the volunteer online portal with potential partners and the NGO and business volunteer sector.

How we are doing

Sense of community Mixed Results

  • 52% of Christchurch residents feel a sense of community in their neighbourhood.
  • 71% think it is important to have a sense of community in their local neighbourhood.

VolunteeringPositive Trend

  • 16% of Christchurch residents took part in voluntary or unpaid work within the past 12 months (SNZ General Social Survey 2016)
  • Levels of unpaid work and volunteering in the city have remained the same since 2001.