All over Poole people go out of their way to help others, give advice, get involved in their community and make Poole an even better place to live.
Being neighbourly means different things to different people. For some, being a good neighbour is as simple as saying ‘hi’ when you see each other, making sure your rubbish/recycling is put out on the right day, or helping out an elderly neighbour – it’s the little things that count towards making a big impression on how neighbourly your street, estate or building is.
Why is being a good neighbour important?
It is known that wellbeing is higher amongst those who have regular contact with their neighbours and that know people in the local area. It can have a big impact on how safe and secure they feel and their sense of belonging to where they live. People are less isolated and have an additional support system, alongside their family and friends. Ultimately, this brings our communities together and makes for a more resilient Poole. ‘Being neighbourly’ encourages people to think about their behaviour towards people on their street, estate, or building and try and make gestures of kindness and responsibility towards between the people that you live closest to you.
How can you be neighbourly?
From saying hello when you bump into each other on the street, to being respectful of the noise levels in your home so they don’t disturb your neighbours, it’s the little things that count. Being neighbourly makes a positive contribution to how we feel about where we live and for this we aim to celebrate neighbourliness that takes place in all parts of the borough and to encourage more neighbourly acts to happen.
You can get involved by:
- firstly and most importantly of all continue to be a friendly neighbour and tell others about good things that neighbours do for each other
- why not organise an activity with your neighbours. This could be a street party or keeping your neighbourhood clean and tidy
- join your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme or start one up on your street
- recommend anyone who is lonely or isolated to get in touch with Poole Wellbeing Collaborative on 01202 977073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- in severe weather, clear pavements and be vigilant for anyone who may struggle to get out and about in difficult weather.
Whether it’s one of our suggestions or you find other ways, we hope that you will support in any way you choose. And remember to let us know about it!
Share your acts of kindness
We want to celebrate your acts of kindness that have made a difference to you or your neighbours. We are a friendly borough and we know there are great things happening across our borough daily - why not tell your fellow residents about them! Post your stories and photos on our Facebook and Twitter pages, making sure you use #OurPoole.
We also recognise that lots of Poole residents already do a great deal to help their friends, neighbours and communities. If you know someone special who deserves some recognition for what they do, nominate them as a Community Champion.