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Bring your community together with a street party?

Getting together at all has been a challenge for the past year. Maybe now is the time to start thinking about how all your neighbours could connect with each other now restrictions are lifting?

As part of Neighbourhood Watch Week this year (5th-11th June), OurWatch has been suggesting that communities and Neighbourhood groups could be organising street parties.

We’re probably a bit short notice for that now – if you need to go all in then you’d need to close your street off, arrange invites, get activities planned and more.  But maybe now and through Neighbourhood Watch Week is a great time to start planning a party for later in the year (when the weather is better and social distancing rules are at their best).

Here’s the guide put together by OurWatch in advance of Neighbourhood Watch Week: How to Street Party

Have a read, share with your group or neighbours and start thinking about whether this would be possible in your street.

Or maybe, for Neighbourhood Watch Week you could simply arrange local ‘in the garden’ or ‘over the fence’ socials along and around your street?

The 5th and 6th June are also the national Big Lunch weekend organised by the Eden Project.  If you can’t get a full street party going, perhaps some get togethers as part of the Big Lunch programme would be possible instead?  More about the Big Lunch here

Whatever you decide, we’d be really interested to hear what you’re planning or what you do. Drop Karl an email with updates and maybe some photos after the event? (

Keep connecting with your neighbours and others in your community this Neighbourhood Watch Week.

Listen. Talk. Do.