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Our lives are often so busy many of us don’t know the people living closest to us. Getting to know our neighbours helps create a sense of belonging, strengthens connections and ensures everyone is involved in the buzz of local community. Know My Neighbour is a simple initiative to encourage neighbourliness through sharing creative ideas of friendly activities to get know those that live closest to us. Together we can reduce social isolation in our city – what small part can you play?

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We’re encouraging neighbours to tell us their stories of getting to know their neighbours. Please feel free to tell us yours!

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Just a few weekends ago, Friends of Westdene Green hosted a community picnic and celebrated The Barn coming back into community hands. You can read more about this community event here.

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Friends of Westdene Green

Getting to Know my Neighbours

“My flat mate accepted a package for my neighbour when they were out and when I returned home I decided to take it up to them -I didn’t know who it was but it was quite large and a bit in the way. When they answered they were really pleased, having waited in for some time for it. We had a little chat on the door step and discovered that she and her family were from Bulgaria, a country I was planning to visit imminently for a research trip. She ended up inviting me for tea and helped me to plan a little of my trip. We then discovered we had a similar interest in plants and have set a date to visit Kew Gardens together… it seems neighbours can become friends in a flash…
On my way home the other week I came across a set of keys on the pavement, I could tell they were for the block of flats I live in because there was a ‘fob’ to enter the building on the key ring. I posted a note on our community Facebook page to alert anyone who had lost them to get in touch. The next day I had a message from my new neighbour who had just moved in that he had lost some. He was so pleased I had taken the time to pick them up, having been anxious about the keys that the next day he delivered flowers to say thanks.”

Laura – Queen’s Park