From neighbourhood run allotments to lunch clubs, or community walking groups. The ‘Hey Neighbour’ project wants to promote and support new or existing neighbourhood networks, encouraging people to make connections, and help generate volunteering in communities.
The pandemic has made us more aware of the need to feel part of the wider community and the increased importance of neighbourliness on mental and physical wellbeing.
The purpose of the ‘Hey Neighbour’ grants scheme is to alleviate the impact on mental health during the recovery phase of Covid.
Hey Neighbour asks neighbourhoods what they need and what ideas might work to improve the wellbeing of the local area.
We believe that by helping neighbourhoods develop and fund ideas, people in communities are encouraged to offer their own resources, time, equipment to carrying out neighbourliness actions for their communities.
Our project aims to be contagious and travelled by word of mouth, people telling their friends and making friends as a result.
We want to widen participation with new people being involved and making new connections with people talking about and sharing things when they wouldn’t usually.
The Hey Neighbour project uses micro-grants to allow people to try something new and test if it works.
Our secondary small grants fund can be accessed by small community organisations to support communities and neighbourhoods to be connected.
We have previously worked with people who have brought neighbourhoods together in a variety of ways;
A neighbourhood establishing a football tournament using both a grass football pitch and tabletop football
100 residents gathered together in community play using the micro grants to fund venue hire, props and costumes
Local streets and gathering together at a community centre for a post lockdown fish and chip supper and film night
Establishing a local knit and sew group that produces decorative knitted items for the community
We believe that approaches and the ideas coming from communities
are more likely to be sustained by the communities.
At Hey Neighbour, a central part of our work is to build with our communities, a campaign that improves mental health during the recovery phase of the pandemic.
Through our community partners we will develop key messages that encourage neighbourliness which are developed from the positive inspiration of neighbourhoods – we start with your ideas, not yours!
‘Hey Neighbour’ wants to be community-focused, community driven and locally based’
‘The campaign should help build and support partnerships and networks’
Due to a very high volume in applications, our small grants and micro grants funding is currently closed