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:
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.
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.
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.