Title
Using WhatsApp to bring neighbours together

Describe your best practice
Making lasting connections with neighbours

What did you do and why?
When many of us started tenancy contracts at a new building, a couple of us formed a WhatsApp group to give and get support.

We perhaps started with 4 members and now have at least 40 or more. And the funny thing is that most of us old tenants have finished with our tenancy contracts and moved on but still haven’t left the support group.

We not only emotionally support each other but also give guidance especially to the new tenants or neighbours with queries be it about recommendations for energy suppliers or even crime happening around.

We are there for each other in good and bad times. We look after each other ensuring health and safety. We have even enjoyed therapeutic walks in the snow, together. We have looked after each others children too, borrowed milk for the tea and lent sugar too!

Duration of the project
From Nov 2016 onwards

What worked well?
The concept of helping each other and giving and getting support.

How did you overcome any challenges?
By brainstorming and taking each others advice and support

How did you cover any costs?
We have celebrated occasions like Christmas and Diwali or drinks together by sharing.

Which main category does this fall into?

Force/ Borough area
LB Hounslow

First Name
Maggie

Last Name
Sal