Age Friendly Streets Campaign
Streets Alive has launched a unique campaign to encourage mixing of ages in streets.
Age Friendly Streets is a campaign for small acts of neighbourliness. It shows positive examples of how residents meet, keep in touch and organise informal activities between generations. These are promoted to build a debate about how such small neighbourly actions create a friendly street atmosphere and can reduce isolation, especially of older people.
We have collected examples from residents who have had street parties, met their neighbours and led to more regular contact. The campaign promotes the ideas through a programme of promotions of street meets across Bristol through a calendar of promotions from summer 2014 to spring 2015.
Also, we encourage the informal arrangements as friendly neighbours to lead to more organised social and volunteering activities with relevant organisations.
The underlying aim is to build relationships in streets for mutual support to limit isolation and loneliness, particularly, though not only of older people. With our ageing society and more mobile and diverse communities we need to find new ways of mixing age groups in streets. We are trialing this for the first time in Bristol as it is the street party capital of the UK and a beacon of neighbourly action.
The campaign resource site here.
The campaign is funded by a grant from The BIG Lottery Awards for All.