Got an idea about how to improve the Mernda community? Then the 1000 Voices Project wants to hear from you.

The project – run by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Goodstart and Whittlesea council alongside residents – is aimed at helping connect people with their community.

Brotherhood community impact manager Mara Kresier said the project was about creating friendships and helping residents take part in simple activities that help them stay connected.

A group formed as part of the project has already come up with ideas to get started.

“They’ve come up with ideas like street barbecues where neighbours can meet each other, free soccer for young people, craft stalls at the community grocer, a local art group, story sharing with seniors and regular family picnics during school holidays,” Ms Kresier said.

“They are really positive about the potential for good things to happen.”

The project will involve community conversation sessions on Tuesday, September 12, to give residents a chance to share their ideas on what to do in Mernda and how to meet other locals.

The sessions will be led by social entrepreneur Peter Kenyon at Mernda Central P-12 College community hall, 70 Breadalbane Avenue from noon-2.30pm or 6.30-9pm, with lunch or dinner provided.

Details: 0401 487 158