South Alive is an urban rejuvenation project, led by the community, with the goal of identifying the best possible future for South Invercargill and ways to make it happen.
It was established in 2012 with a small steering group, which then held a public meeting in April 2012 to generate ideas and decide priorities. Action teams of volunteers formed around each of the priority areas, and have been working since then to develop and implement projects.
Lifehack supported South Alive during our Southland weekend in 2014 with a range of volunteers working on everything from branding guidelines to UX, and web app design to communications and social media planning.
South Alive were also the project picked from our Southland Weekend by our development partner Digital Stock, who then spent 5 days (and most of the nights) working on a Dev Sprint to turn some of the designs and prototypes which emerged during the weekend into a fully integrated web app for South Alive which helped them with volunteer management, bike loans, news, blogging and more. It was an interesting tactic to add some extra juice to the weekend, and the final product can be seen here.
Social connection, community spirit, and pride in your neighbourhood are important to youth wellbeing – we’re delighted to have supported South Alive in 2014, and look forward to working with them again in the future.