Chris Gittins, Streets Alive director, says: “Since we launched Age Friendly Streets we have found that there is a lot more neighbourliness going on in streets than we had thought, and Christmas is a key time of the year for it. Christmas does not need to be a lonely time. People can come together across the generations and help each other out.”
Chris Gittins adds: “The complexity of challenges such as the recession, ageing population, social diversity and climate change cannot be resolved by the conventional machinery available to local and national government. Nor does the power to tackle them lie with individuals’ private lives alone. There is then a need to build a new resilience and collective capacity within communities to help respond to these shared challenges.”
The Age Friendly Streets campaign has a host of ideas to reduce isolation and mix the ages. See more on the Age Friendly Streets website.
Streets Alive offers free make-it-happen toolkit for neighbourliness and telephone advice for seasonal get-together information. Call: 0117 922 5708 (office hours).
Here are a few ideas to boost neighbourliness resilience at Christmas
• Hold a mince pie get-together – invite some neighbours round for a drink, mulled wine and a
mince pie, even at short notice. You could either drop a note round, or just invite some in person.
• Drop a Christmas card off to someone you may know
• Offer to keep an eye on houses and pets of neighbours who are away
• Hold a street carol sing-along
• Offer a drink or cuppa on New Year’s Eve or Day