The How Safe Is Your Street Campaign.
So do you know how safe your street is? I don’t. I live on a long, long, long main road. It is one of the main links to pretty much get off this island. OK a bit dramatic but it is on an excellent bus route, pretty damn close to the Mersey Tunnels (that’s the escaping the island thing, Wirral, you head through the Mersey Tunnels through to Liverpool, told you a bit dramatic) and one end pretty much leads onto the M53. So you can imagine how busy it is at all times of the night and day, can’t you! It goes without saying there isn’t too much of a ‘community’ from what have seen in the past 4 odd years I have lived here.
I live in a local housing authority house and when I moved in I immediately connected with a neighbour on one side as I was working all hours to get the place decorated and in a liveable standard to be able to move in. She was and still is really nice and helpful with both of us always keeping an eye on each other, especially with her living on her own and having some mobility issues.
She has mowed my lawn for me, given me a bench for my back garden and always takes parcels in for me.
We have spent many an hour over the back garden fence catching up, having a gossip and basically just checking in with each other. I honestly will be sad, and very apprehensive, when she moves out.
As I am in the middle of a terrace, right smack bang in the middle I also have another neighbour. This neighbour is 100% the complete opposite. He is now unfortunately legally bound not to talk or approach me in any way shape or form and was the cause of a good couple of years stress and not sleeping much! Such a shame when things go wrong that drastically isn’t it.
It goes without saying that conversations have been had and sides have been drawn with regards to getting to know my other neighbours and that side isn’t always mine! Having grown up on a council estate where everyone knew everyone, doors were always open, everyone looked out for everyone and their kids I can honestly say this totally different and not in a great way. I suppose it just goes to show how much times have changed over the years, it’s definitely not the 80’s now!
When I heard about CORGI Homeplan’s How Safe Is your Home campaign about getting to know your neighbours and creating a real sense of neighbourhood and building communities I thought it sounded like a great idea.
Surely most of us have people we have lived by for years that we have never really spoken to? The idea is to actually get to know your neighbours, speak to them, keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary, help them out if need be. Especially with this damn cold weather still rearing it’s ugly head right on into April! Where is Spring please? Do you have an elderly neighbour who is struggling to get out with this erratic weather we have been having of late? Or a single mum like me who is desperate for some adult conversation over a cuppa, fyi I am a big fan of a cuppa and cake *ahem hint, hint* or a blogger who needs someone to get their parcels in for them!
You don’t know how helpful that small act actually is for someone, not to mention saving them the trip to the sorting office, we’ve all been there haven’t we! There is always something you can do to look out for someone else even if you have a busy main road in between you as I do. I am always really grateful for my neighbours over the road taking in my parcels for me despite us never really speaking to each other.
What other ways are there to help someone out and get to know your neighbours?
Have a little look at this little video and maybe get yourself some ideas of ways to introduce yourself to your neighbours. You can also find out more information online too, just pop over CORGI Homeplan
Are you lucky and have really great neighbours? Or is it a bit hit and miss like mine? I would love to know more, make me jealous with all your fabulous neighbour stories restore my faith in people!
As part of The How Safe Is Your Street Campaign, I have a carbon monoxide alarm to give to one of my readers. I actually have two, they were already in the house when I moved in. These little devices will alert you to carbon monoxide in your home and have already proven to be lifesavers.
All my usual terms and conditions apply. This is a UK only competition for over 18’s. Please watch the video above and let know one way you can get to know your neighbours that is used in the video in the comment section. That is the only mandatory entry. All other entries are optional but please make sure to follow them and enter correctly otherwise your entries will be void. The competition runs until 11:59pm 1st May 2016. The prize will be supplied from sponsor and winners details will be passed over for prize fulfillment. Good Luck.
*Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post*