Neighbourhoods Connect in Harringay
What it is about?
Neighbourhoods Connect is an approach blending online tools and good old fashioned face-to-face contact to connect the generations in neighbourhoods. The idea is to rekindle that old type of neighbouring where people look out for each other, in particular older people. It's also about valuing everyone's contribution no matter what their age.
What does it involve?
Getting involved means giving as much or as little time as you want. This isn't a big volunteer programme. It's about looking out for each other when and where we can.
Let's take an example. You may have older people in your road who feel isolated or just can't do everything they used to. So getting involved in Neighbourhoods Connect could mean:
The idea is to give slivers of time where you can.
And it's not a one way street. Most
people whatever their age have something to offer in return. It may
be expertise from a lifetime of skills or it might be decades of
life wisdom. In one area, people are incorporating knocking on
older neighbours' doors as part of a jogging routine and in return
their older neighbours are acting as their mentor-coaches, keeping
them motivated. Our imagination is the only limit.
It also makes sense to help older people make best use of the internet. Many are scared or just not interested. But in many ways the internet is a tool that could have been invented for the older generation. Everything's possible on the internet, including chatting to your neighbours! So part of the idea is to help older people get online. Once older people understand the internet, they usually love it, no matter what their age.
Find out more?
Neighbourhoods Connect is
part of a global movement getting people back in touch with people
in their neighbourhoods and looking out for each other. If you
think you might like to help pioneer things,
send us an email and give us your details in
Last updated: 28th June, 2011