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Older People and Neighbouring

The Role of Street Parties in Promoting Stronger Communities

Older resident leaning on a garden wall observing a street party

Streets Alive carried out research about older people, neighbouring and street parties. The results in summary showed that:

  1. Older people sometimes exclude themselves from street parties and neighbouring generally for a number of reasons (more details in downloadable briefing below).
  2. Street parties are a unique and excellent opportunity for all generations to meet as neighbours in their street.
  3. Organising residents may need to make a little extra effort to involve older people by, for example:
    • inviting them face to face
    • assuring them that your event is for all ages, and not just for kids - street parties used to be kids' tea parties
    • putting out chairs to sit on
    • having a tea party and a cake competition
    • having a quiz or display photos about the history of the street or neighbourhood
    • celebrating the oldest person with a cake or something
    • playing music they like or ask them to show off their old dance skills

Age Friendly Streets Campaign

Make a special promotion of age friendliness in your street or area by using our Campaign Materials.

Download the Older People and Neighbouring briefing PDF (547 KB)