For many of us, the last 16 months have been incredibly challenging. Neighbours have experienced increased isolation and loneliness as a result of Covid-19, while others have faced discrimination and fear, particularly after the heinous terror attack in London, Ontario, leaving some afraid to go out for a walk.
If you’re feeling vulnerable, afraid or isolated, you are not alone.
Nextdoor has partnered with a group of concerned community members, the same community members behind the recent Conquer Covid-19 movement, to connect people feeling isolated, afraid or vulnerable with those in the neighbourhood who want to help by going for a walk together.
To find someone to walk with or to offer to walk, post on Nextdoor using the #CompanionChampions hashtag or mark yourself as looking for someone to walk with on the Help Map. You can also visit www.companionchampions.ca/
All neighbours deserve to feel safe in their community. Walking with your neighbours is a great way to meet new people, get out and move and build meaningful connections. In fact, a recent Nextdoor study revealed knowing as few as six neighbours reduces the likelihood of feeling lonely and is linked to lowering depression and social anxiety related to COVID-19.
In partnership with neighbours across Canada we look forward to walking our way to strong community connections while combating isolation and fear in our neighbourhoods.
For more information or media inquiries please contact: Anne Morello, firstname.lastname@example.org