Everyday people perform many small acts of neighbourly kindness and Streets Alive encourages sharing and helping neighbours. This face to face sharing has longer benefit as neighbours build relationships, unlike using online sharing and exchange sites which are functional and impersonal.
Neighbours' SwapShop Kit
Our Swap Shop Kit encourages neighbours to lend or swap things, like a Swishing party plus. Also to share things or help with support, skills or knowledge. These range from:
- Keeping an eye on a neighbour's house when away
- Lending tools, swapping toys
- Helping with gardens or car cleaning
- sharing use of a car with a neighbour
- Knowing a good plumber, garage etc.
The Kit is freely available to residents to use at street parties. It mainly involves a chart which people write down their Offers and Wanted. This is stuck to a board or a SwapSwop / Swishing / Bring & Buy table. If you want to try it ask us for a Kit and we will want to know a how it goes.
Getting Organised With Neighbours
Once you have got some swapping and sharing going, The Kit helps residents to plan and get organised at a deeper level.
- Supporting: Child care network, gardening club
- Taking action: improving a local park, Neighbourhood Watch
- Life-skills: DIY, bike/car maintenance, cooking, first aid, IT, painting, playing an instrument, dancing, singing
- Inter-generations: older and young people swapping expertise like reading, baking, IT
Training in Communities
Streets Alive supports local residents to identify what skills they might want, and we work with other partners to help deliver training at the street party itself. This can be anything from bike workshops and trainings and first aid.
On a wider basis Streets Alive is working with the British Red Cross in building a programme of neighbours' events to build relations between residents to enable them to support each other when life takes a difficult turn such as after an accident or falling ill at the personal level, or after a community-wide disaster such as a flood.
First aid for streets
Every work place has members of staff trained in first aid, but what about the place where people live? Streets Alive is keen to develop the resilience and safety of streets by encouraging and supporting a proportion of the people who live there to receive first aid training and volunteer as first aid reps for their street.
Streets Alive already helps run successful projects where groups of neighbours get trained up in bike maintenance and road safety, helping to recruit new cyclists and making existing cyclists safer and more self-reliant.