Remember in what feels like the old days, people would just pop to their neighbors house for a cup of sugar, or a cup of tea? That kind of connection and sense of community seems long gone these days. Where many of us don’t even know our neighbors names! But don’t worry, you might find that many of your neighbors feel the same way you do, and want to connect, but don’t really know how!
So, why don’t you take the lead? Here you’ll find some helpful tips and ideas of how you can reconnect with your neighbors and make your neighborhood, the best place to live.
It can be frustrating when people don’t park their cars in a thoughtful way. Whether it’s blocking pushchairs, wheelchairs or buggies, or it’s parking on the grass and leaving nothing but mud behind. There might be a legitimate reason why someone has parked this way; perhaps they couldn’t access their drive, or maybe they were just nipping inside for something, either way you can combat the issue with some well-placed signs. Whether it’s a polite reminder to not park on the grass or a firm range of no parking signs from myparking sign. Ensuring everyone is being courteous with their vehicles will be a positive step towards making the neighborhood great again.
Get to know your neighbors
You might only give them a brief smile, or wave from the other side of the street before you step inside, but why not take it one step further? Introduce yourself and ask their name, they’ll probably be delighted!
Neighborhood watch with a difference
Neighborhood watch is a great way to help reduce crime, and every neighborhood should have one. But what about a Kind Neighborhood Watch? If you have vulnerable families or elderly people living around you, then why not build a “care force”? Whether that’s popping round to make sure everything is ok, helping with errands or cooking a meal or two and taking it round. Get together with your neighbors and propose the idea. The more vulnerable members of your community will appreciate your help.
Work on your community spaces
You don’t have to have a rolling village green to have your own community space. There are lots of ways you can make your neighborhood look loved and cared for. Organizing a weekly litter pick to keep the area tidy will be a great place to start.
Fill up some planters of tubs with bright, colorful flowers and place them on either side of the bus stop for a little color. Living in blocks of flats? Do the same but near the entrance. If you have a communal area, then get together and clean it up. You could even grow veggies and start your own community garden – getting the local kids involved will give them something to do!
Got access to a computer and printer? Why not make a newsletter? It’s a great way to meet the neighbors, bring up issues and let everyone know what a great place you live in.