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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“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

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