Everyone in the Street
Once residents have met as neighbours through street meets Streets Alive supports residents from all ages and backgrounds.
With an ageing and more diverse society, we are developing new approaches to build community spirit at the street level, with a more positive attitude towards their neighbours and community.
- All-ages communities
Neighbours knowing each other reduces isolation and fear that is felt by many older people, by enabling them to get to know younger and indeed even older people better in their street over time. We are currently working with Age UK Bristol and other groups on a Neighbours Campaign in Bristol as a trial for local campaigns across the country. We are informed by the Campaign to End Loneliness.
- Creating inter-cultural space
Much of Streets Alive's work has been in very diverse urban communities. With high participation rates of up to 90%, neighbours street meets achieves high inclusion of minority ethnic households. Our survey of 14 street parties showed that 89% thought that their street party 'brought together neighbours with different backgrounds' at least a 'fair amount'.
- Creating shared space through food
Food is a key part of a street party, where everyone can rub shoulders around diverse foods. Sharing food and recipes, cookery lessons and foraging can provide rich ways for neighbours to come together.
In Bristol, which is the street party capital of the UK, the events are held in areas with high proportions of Muslims, including after Ramadan to celebrate Eid feast and break fast with each other.