Meet My Street
All Together in the Street
They are an effective and fun Street Mixer to meet neighbours. Organised and funded as private events by and for residents, the road is closed for the day to make way for bunting, chairs, games, food and a lot of chat.
Streets Alive is the national resource and runs www.streetparty.org.uk.
See what residents say themselves here.
Other Street Mixers
Street Meet: without closing a road residents use whatever space is available - pavements, gardens, drive-ways, local pub or front room.
Street Picnic: residents meet up in a local park for a shared picnic.
Street Facebook: a dedicated page which the street is invited to join to organise face-to-face Mixers and to share information.
Street Welcome: a new resident can be a good excuse for meeting neighbours, inviting in for tea, or given a gift or welcomed by a signed card from neighbours.
Street Lounge: not requiring formally closing a road, carefully parked cars and carpets can be used to slow and alert traffic, and chairs on the pavement.
Street Play-Time: residents agree to prioritise play in the street at certain times. Some streets in Bristol have held Street Play-Times after school clubs 3 to 6pm.
Our research shows that Street Parties:
- have a very high participation with 50 to 80 %, including hard to reach groups because they are right outside their door;
- residents meet 8 new neighbours;
- 89 % surveyed report that it brought together people of different backgrounds;
- transform perceptions of their area, feeling more positive, safer, friendliness and a sense of belonging.
Targeting a community - we promote programmes of Meet My Streets. One area has held 32 events with 2500 people participating, transforming the sense of community spirit for large numbers of people.
We advise London Play's 3 year Street Play project promoting children's play through 100 new events. Another play project of ours in Bristol has showed that 38% of adults were more positive about children playing in the street after the parties had happened and 73 % said they would be interested in volunteering to support play.
In Southampton there have been 23 events since we have trained all community workers in the city and advised on the council's support and arrangements for residents.
Once engaged and trust is built, residents can Activate My Street through themed programmes.