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Street Party - Meet Your Neighbours in Your Traffic Free Street

Sharing with neighbours

Everyday people perform many small acts of neighbourly kindness and Streets Alive encourages sharing and helping neighbours.

Neighbours' SwapShop Kit

We offer a free Swap Shop Kit to encourage neighbours to lend or swap things, something like a swishing party plus. The Kit is freely available to use at street parties and mainly involves a chart on which people can write down their 'Offers' and 'Wanted' items. On the day, you stick the chart to a board as a 'SwapSwop' / 'Bring & Buy' table. You need to promote this in advance so that people can plan what to offer/want. It is also about helping, skills or knowledge. Here are some ideas:

  • DVD or games 'street library'
  • Lending tools, swapping toys
  • Keeping an eye on a neighbour's house when away
  • Helping with gardens or car cleaning
  • sharing use of a car with a neighbour
  • Knowing a good plumber, garage etc.

Download our free Kit and tell us how it goes.

Getting Organised With Neighbours

Once you have got some swapping and sharing going, The Kit will help residents to plan and get organised at a deeper level.

  • Supporting: Child care network, gardening club
  • Taking action: improving a local park, Neighbourhood Watch
  • Life-skills: DIY, bike/car maintenance, cooking, first aid, IT, painting, playing an instrument, dancing, singing
  • Inter-generations: older and young people swapping expertise like reading, baking, IT

Training in Communities

Streets Alive supports local residents to identify what skills they might want, and we work with other partners to help deliver training at the street party itself. This can be anything from bike workshops and trainings and first aid.

Community resilience

On a wider basis Streets Alive is working with the British Red Cross in building a programme of neighbours' events to build relations between residents to enable them to support each other when life takes a difficult turn such as after an accident or falling ill at the personal level, or after a community-wide disaster such as a flood.

First aid for streets

Every work place has members of staff trained in first aid, but what about the place where people live? Streets Alive is keen to develop the resilience and safety of streets by encouraging and supporting a proportion of the people who live there to receive first aid training and volunteer as first aid reps for their street.

Streets Alive already helps run successful projects where groups of neighbours get trained up in bike maintenance and road safety, helping to recruit new cyclists and making existing cyclists safer and more self-reliant.

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