Community Tips

happy lady chatting with neighbour

How to reconnect with your neighbours

Neighbours are important because good relationships with others can transform communities. Social connection also makes us feel better as it helps prevent loneliness, isolation and depression.

So, instead of sitting in your back garden to get some fresh air, switch to your front garden instead. You can enjoy a sit down, a cuppa and watch the world go by. And if someone wanders by going for a walk or exercising their dog, take a moment to smile and say hello. If they slow down, you could ask them how their day is going and strike up a conversation.

It’s these little gestures that keep communities connected and a smile, wave or a few words from you could make a huge difference to someone’s day. 

Conversation starters

  • You could bake a batch of muffins or cookies and offer one to passers-by – a delicious way to break the ice.
  • The weather – an oldie, but a goodie!
  • Ask about their sporting team.
  • Current news items
  • Don’t hold people up for too long or they might avoid you next time! 
  • Avoid politics!