Celebrate your neighbours, 7 - 13th June

#LetsStayConnected

We’ve seen a surge in neighbourliness as people look out for the vulnerable and talk to those next door more than ever before - a silver lining to the cloud COVID-19 has cast over our daily lives. We think now is a good time to say thank you and celebrate those actions our neighbours have taken no matter how small or big.

To kickstart the week, we are inviting you to take part in the Big Virtual Lunch activities, organised by Eden Project, on the 6th and 7th June. The Big Lunch have put together ideas of small things you can do to celebrate community connections with your neighbours such as making your own bunting and spread some neighbourly joy by hanging it out for all to see, put together a lunch for someone or a small food parcel and leave it on a doorstep, join in with The Big Lunch from your doorstep, raise a cuppa, wave a sausage roll or have a picnic in your own gardens at the same time, host a Big Virtual Lunch online from the comfort of your own home, and ideas to host a Big Virtual Lunch over the phone.

Since early March, we have been encouraging people to ‘Be Kind, Connect, Support and Share’ during these challenging times as part of the Community Action Response. As part of the campaign, Tony Husband has created bespoke cartoons for the four community actions to show just how important our neighbours are at this time. Tony’s cartoons can be downloaded as posters to display in your window, or postcards to pop through a neighbour’s door, and if you are feeling creative you can draw your very own cartoon and enter it in a competition to be judged by Tony himself. You can download the posters and postcards below as well as Neighbourhood Watch Week bunting to make at home.

Each day between the 7th – 13th June we will be sharing stories on our social media channels and website highlighting the big and small ways in which neighbours have been connecting, sharing, supporting and spreading kindness. We encourage you to share our social media posts throughout the week, or post your own.