Wouldn’t it be great if the community spirit we saw at the height of the Covid pandemic could be recaptured for the long term?
It’s happening! Discover how from this website and what it could mean for your street!
Local communities have got together with local government, schools, charities, faith groups, businesses and others to put out a bold message: “Fill your street with friendliness” – and at the same time introducing a wonderful way of doing just that!
Imagine your street getting together for a Christmas party for the kids, maybe a picnic or BBQ in the summer, a quiz night or a curry evening or even a trip away. Loads of new friends, an end to isolation, help readily available to those that might need it and a wonderful sense of fun and belonging. Like the sound of that?
What brings neighbours together like that is a Street Association. It’s run by an informal core group of residents and they meet every so often and ask, “what shall we do next?” We have hundreds of comments from residents saying things like, “We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved”, or “the street now feels like a family”, or I’ve made so many lovely new friends”.
Find out how you and your neighbours could start a Street Association. And we could help you do it! Contact Martin at email@example.com or on 07931 282716 and he will happily chat through with you what’s involved and how one of us will gladly come and do a presentation for your neighbours, just for your street!
You’ll be seeing more and more of these banners, too, looking like this, and helping to spread the message:
We’re thankful for funding support for this initiative from both Hampshire County Council and from the Faith New Deal Pilot Fund, of the Department for Communities. We’re confident that, with community groups, faith groups, local councils and – most importantly – good neighbours, we can together take a great step forward and see our communities come together and flourish in a new way. We’d love to have your support in this endeavour.
Hampshire’s As One initiative is starting in Basingstoke and Eastleigh and, in early 2023, will extend to Fareham and Winchester.
For further information on the Hampshire As One initiative, please contact:
Martin Graham, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sincere thanks to all the Hampshire organisations that have so far actively supported As One in the County:
- Basingstoke District Council
- Community First
- Hampshire County Council
- Eastleigh Churches Together
- Eastleigh District Council
- One Basingstoke