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 first heard about Know My Neighbour in December 2015. We had been toying with the idea of inviting the neighbours from our block to pop in for mulled wine and mince pies and after hearing about the scheme decided to go for it. We used the Know My Neighbour Christmas cards to invite everyone in the building to come over for a couple of hours one evening and get to know each other. Well over half the building came and we had a brilliant evening together. Everyone enjoyed putting faces to the mysterious noises / delicious cooking smells that made their way around the building. We had every age group there, children, adults, students and a few retired folk, it was a lovely mix of people and everyone agreed it was a brilliant idea to get together.
It’s lovely now to bump into someone in the corridor, say hello and catch up a bit with their news, it makes our home and Brighton feel all the more friendlier.
We also regularly hang out with our immediate neighbours now, having dinner together and know that we can call on one another in case of an emergency. We definitely see them as friends and not just neighbours!”


Harriet – London Road

“Up in North Moulsecoomb we had our second annual Big Lunch, on a green patch in Staplefield Drive. We combined it with a one hour long street play, which involved closing Wheatfield Drive to traffic. For this I had to knock on every door and ask for signatures for my petition to the council. If we got 2/3rds in favour the free license for road closure would be granted. I was nervous because most neighbours use their car a lot to get about and might feel inconvenienced. How pleased I was that every single person who opened the door signed in favour of letting children play on the road!

More than 20 people joined our BBQ by the roadside. We had bunting up and a sun shade. Some neighbours lent us tables even if they could not make it themselves. The local fisherman contributed fresh mackerel to the BBQ. The sun was blazing. We met some new faces, some of which are older people living alone. We started at 1pm and did not stop till 5! The children played on their scooters and drew on the road with chalk and water. A lovely day. Passersby smiled at the scene- we invited them but often they seemed a little shy.
Later a neighbour knocked on my door to report that some people sent their apologies but would love to take part next year! We’ll definitely do it again.”

Heike – Moulsecoomb