Organise something in your neighbourhood

Getting to know the people who live nearby helps create a sense of belonging and shared identity in your local area. It also helps to strengthen connections and trust in our wider communities and contributes to a happier neighbourhood for everyone.

Here you will find information about different projects you can run in your neighbourhood to bring the community together.

Set up a play street for children and adults 

A play street involves residents closing off their streets to through traffic for a few hours weekly or monthly so that children can play out more safely and neighbours come together – making streets friendlier and more fun for all. Five neighbourhoods registered to run a play street in their neighbourhood as part of our pilot in 2018 and they have been a great success.

To learn more about play streets and the application process visit the play streets web page.


Organise a Jumble Trail

A Jumble Trail is a collection of garden sales in close proximity to each other, within a set area taking place on a given day. Anyone in the area can host a stall, selling anything from unwanted furniture, music, books and clothes, arts and crafts. Visitors and locals can download a map to discover the trail. Jumble Trails are proving popular across the city!

Check out the Jumble Trail how-to guide and watch our video to learn more about Wanstead's successful resident-led Jumble Trail.

Set up a residents’ group

Resident groups play an important role in strengthening communities and ensuring residents' voices are heard. They can also be a great way to develop community spirit, improve opportunities for people to meet socially and be a great platform for raising funds to improve local facilities, such as community gardens or play areas.

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Organise a community get together

Why not organise a simple get together with neighbours over a cup of tea? Perhaps you can organise something as part of the national Big Lunch or the Great Get Together campaign. You can also organise a Street Party to mark an occasion or the start of summer.


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