If you haven’t got a Neighbourhood Group set up, but you’d like to, here are some tips to get started.
- Link in with one or two other neighbours first of all to talk it through if you can. Lots of groups have found it’s nice to have other people to bounce ideas off
- Decide how you’d like to stay in touch e.g. WhatsApp, then put a note through the doors of the people in your street or the area you’ve decided your group will include
- Collate phone numbers/emails and set up whatever works for you – each street is different. Some prefer a Facebook group or WhatsApp, or email group. Bear in mind some neighbours won’t be online and may need a doorstep chat to stay included
- It works really well to link in together for something fun to start with. Perhaps you’d like to get involved in a community weeding day or organise a street art exhibition in your windows
- If you’d like some help to get started, contact Hannah Stopford our Community Development Projects Officer
Ways to come together…
Hoeing and weeding our streets in Frome so Somerset Council does not use Roundup and gives us a chance look after the place and meet the neighbours. They have a Facebook group you can join and ask for help in your area and or join others. We hope to get over 200 people onto the streets. Let’s tidy this town!
A fun community event where local residents light up their own displays in their windows and gardens, creating a magical walking trail. Keep up to date at Frome’s Window Wanderland Facebook page.
Wild About Trees
Lots of streets have found a fun way to come together through their shared green spaces. Some have simply added colourful wildflowers to existing grass verges, while others are completely redeveloping larger green areas with trees, hedgerows and seating. Get in touch with Helen Viner our Wild About Trees project officer to see how we could support your community to make the most of your shared spaces.
Neighbourhood Share Box
Have you thought about putting a share box or a noticeboard in your street? Lots of neighbours in Frome have been finding it a really rewarding way to recycle things, share information and get to know each other better. You could build something bespoke if you have the time and the skills. But it doesn’t have to be complicated – even a plastic tub would work, with a lid to keep the rain off. Some of the Networkers have found some second hand bargains, or suitable boxes given away for free on local online pages. Have a go and see what treasure turns up on your street!