Covid-19 Outreach Great Neighbours Program

Great Neighbours COVID-19 Outreach

Milestone Celebration Drive-by Greetings

Sometimes life is tough enough, but people having birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or other milestone celebrations during this time of social distancing and isolation have the additional burden of being unable to celebrate with others. Great Neighbors Outreach can bring a bit of cheer to those celebrating various milestones with a residential drive-by from the Town of Olds Municipal Enforcement Officers with lights and sirens to help celebrate.  Birthday celebrants can also receive a virtual drive-by with video messages from the Olds Fire Department.

Celebrants may receive a surprise from officers while maintaining social distancing protcols.

To request a celebratory Drive-by, contact Town of Olds.

Advanced notice of three business days is required.

Register Online (24 hrs)

Fill out this online request form

Phone

Call 403-507-4810 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday) and leave a voice message.

Isolation Check-in and Grocery & Prescription Delivery 

The community of Olds is full of citizens always willing to help when needed.  We are currently experiencing some trying times in our community.  The Great Neighbours program is helping to reach out to support those who are isolated in our community.  
Connecting our community through acts of kindness 
If someone is isolated and would like someone to check in with them regularly, we can connect.  We have are in contact with the local groups and grocery stores ensure delivery of essentials to those who are isolated at home. 

Isolation Check-in Service

Grocery and Prescription Delivery

Social Services Support for COVID-19

Effective April 21, 2020, the Government of Alberta  temporarily suspended applications for the $30 million in emergency social services funding to charities, not-for-profits and civil society organizations to support their COVID-19 response. Government has received over 600 applications. Current applications are being reviewed, and approvals for urgent requests will occur before reopening intake of applications.


It's always a good time to be a great neighbour!

Great Neighbours is a grassroots initiative helping neighbours get to know one another better. There are many easy ways to get to know your neighbour.

  • Introduce yourself
  • Leave a treat
  • Shovel your neighbour's sidewalk, mow their lawn
  • Introduce other neighbours to each other
  • Keep an eye out on neighbourhood homes and property

A Great Neighbours event trailer and supplies is available for all residents to borrow.

Great Neighbourhood Block Party

What is a Great Neighbours Block Party?

A block party is a gathering of neighbours for a time of fun and food while building relationships. Our Great Neighbours brochure provides additional information about hosting a  neighbourhood block party in your neighbourhood.

If  you decide to hold a Block Party in your neighbourhood please fill out the Special Events Permit and return it to bylaw@olds.ca.

 

Becoming a Great Neighbour Block Connector

Would you like to be a Community Connector in your neighbourhood?

Community Connectors are those who are willing to make it all happen; inviting others, making them welcome and organizing. They are leaders who also encourage others to be leaders, as many hands make light work. While a Community Connector may be the one who puts in the most effort, they are also the ones who make the most  connections and friendships and feel the greatest sense of community. As a Community Connector, you will be inviting your neighbours to come together and get to know each other. In a nutshell, the role of the Community Connector is to inspire engagement with friends and neighbours within your community.

Role of the Great Neighbours Block Connector
  • Time commitment of 2-3 hours per household per year.

  • Role can be shared with another person.

  • Have a friendly chat with the closest 10-20 households on their block.
  • Community Connectors determine their own neighbourhood boundaries.
  • Help neighbours connect at an activity at least once per year.
  • Take part in training.

If you are interested in becoming a Community Connector contact communityservices@olds.ca or
403-556-6981.

Great Neighbours Event Trailer

What is the Great Neighbours Event Trailer?

Did you know that you can borrow the Great Neighbours Event Trailer? You can book the trailer by filling out a 
Special Events Permit from the Town of Olds.  If the trailer is available it will roll up to your event with two staff aboard that have first aid training and will help make your event a success.

Event Trailer Amenities:
  • Tables and benches

  • Event tents
  • BBQ, Propane and BBQ tools
  • Family friendly games
  • Sports Equipment