About

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!”

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Harriet – London Road

“Before being involved with Know My Neighbour I hadn’t thought about and didn’t have the confidence to connect with my immediate neighbours. I started to make an effort to say hello to my neighbours on either side and chat with them over the garden wall and with my neighbour who lives above me. Now we have mini festivals in the garden (we all share a love of fires and all have fire pits so this was an obvious way to join together  and socialize with each other), we share looking after each others cats, swap gardening tool and tips and one of my neighbours has been inspired to start chatting to an older lady who lives alone on the street – they discovered a shared love of drumming and are off to a class shortly. For my children, who initially said “why do we want strangers in our house and garden mummy?” getting to know our neighbours has been a revelation and from this they have developed relationships, which they had never thought of before and which go beyond friends and family. My son has learnt to play pool (my neighbour’s pool table is in the garden!), build fires and my daughter gets to play with my neighbour’s rabbits.

We are a far happier community as a result of Know My Neighbour and know that we can call on each other if we do need help. For example, I had a flood in my basement and was able to borrow my neighbours towels and dehumidifier which sorted out the problem quickly and minimised the damage to carpets and furniture. When my drain got blocked and I was unable to use my washing machine my neighbour lent me his.”

 

Tracey – Hove