One Church Brighton
“Brighton and Hove is a great city that is generally seen as a friendly and happy place to live. However, it is also a transient place and that can make it harder for people to get to know their neighbours, which can lead to social isolation and loneliness. Lots of organisations are working across the city to help tackle these issues but this is the first time they have come together as part of a single, coordinated campaign through the idea of being a better neighbour.”
“We’re hoping that Brighton and Hove residents will get involved during Know My Neighbour Week but this is a long-term project. We want our city to take the lead on this issue and eventually be the first in UK where everyone can say they know their neighbour. Just finding an excuse to say hello to your neighbour for the first time can be a really important first step.”
Dave Steell, One Church Brighton
Brighton and Hove Food Partnership
“The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership are involved with KNM week as it taps into a lot of the work we do locally which is to bring people together through gardening, food and healthy eating.
Our work shows that cooking together, sharing a meal, a cup of tea or spending time gardening with other people can help well-being, reduce loneliness and tackle many physical and mental health issues.
So much of our work helps people to connect with others whether it’s joining a cookery class or getting involved in a community garden. This campaign aims to help more people make that first difficult step – just saying hello, maybe make a new friend and improve everyone’s lives for the better.”
Leanne Bird, Brighton and Hove Food Partnership
Time to Talk Befriending
“We live in an aging society and over the next 20 years the number of elderly people will double. As a society it is an issue that needs to be raised so that we can support older people and make sure their needs are met.
I think there can be such a resistance to being neighbourly. I talk to a lot of older people about the situation and I can honestly say that they talk about the war fondly. They say there was a sense of community and everyone looked out for one another, nowadays people are frightened to get involved, we live in a very risk adverse society. Just smiling at people or popping in to see if they need anything makes such a change to people’s lives.”
Emily Kenward, Time to Talk Befriending Service