Connecting our community dots

What does community mean to you?  We believe it’s a really good question, a great conversation starter…

What does it mean for you to feel part of a community?

Social psychologists McMillan and Chavis spoke about having a ‘sense of community’ back in 1976 and this is a phrase we use often in today’s society.

So to have this sense of community, what does it mean exactly?

“Sense of community is a feeling that members have of belonging, a feeling that members matter to one another and to the group, and a shared faith that members’ needs will be met through their commitment to be together.”

-McMillan & Chavis – Social Phychologists

Of course, there are a bunch of different definitions and its meaning can be unique to each individual, but what we can gauge from this quote is a keyword… ‘belonging’.  Belonging is what offers a sense of security and a type of human happiness that we all need.  There’s technically no opposite for the word ‘loneliness’ but if there was, perhaps this might be ‘belonging’ and from belonging, we proceed into community.

It’s no secret that Brunslea Park’s top priority is connection.  We need connection in order to hone the great skill of creating community, and we are constantly striving for excellence in this area.  We are striving to achieve a place where people will connect and feel that ‘sense of community’ and belonging.

Community doesn’t just happen – as a community, we all need to be involved.  As mentioned in the above quote, another key word is ‘commitment’.  We have some great ideas when it comes to community events and through commitment and participation, it will grow in strength.

We want to ensure that we’re giving you an opportunity to be involved and in doing so that we’re providing what you would like to participate in or alternatively what you would prefer?   To do so, we need to hear from our existing and future residents.  After all, this is your community.  Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Regular yoga
  • Monthly boot camps (with Snap Fitness) held on the last Saturday of each month at the Clive Brunskill Memorial Park
  • Monthly community BBQs – beginning in Spring 2017 once Central Park opens
  • Resident viewing days – first Thursday of each month (Sam will clear her diary to talk ideas, suggestions, feedback, concepts etc)
  • Resident information nights – held in office or via social media to encourage ongoing conversation and an opportunity to provide feedback.
  • Community events - street mingle, open days (follow us on Facebook and Instagram where we keep you up to date)
  • Building Hub – no faceless developer here.  We love to have our residents pop in for a chat, feel free to come and see us at 2/116 Fitzmaurice Street.
  • Tribe Talk – this is designed for your own personal insight into all things ‘Brunslea Park’.

What do you think of our suggestions?  What would you propose?   Are you a community advocate?

We can’t wait to hear from you – Dot by dot we want to collectively strengthen the Brunslea community.

Tell us what you think in the comments section of this blog OR email 


Madeleine Powley