6 ways you can be a better neighbour

This post is in collaboration with Corgi HomePlan. 

picket-fences-349713_1920We are very lucky that since moving to our home just under a year ago, we have become part of a relatively tight-knit community with neighbours looking out for each other. Sadly, good neighbours can be harder to come across these days as we struggle for time and become more isolated within our local communities and a more fractured community is just what thieves feed off.

That’s why the good folk over at Corgi HomePlan are in the throws of a ‘How Safe Is Your Street’ campaign which is all about encouraging us to look out for our neighbours. I’m 100% behind this notion, and thankfully it’s easier than you thought. So what can you do? Check out these common sense tips to help you get started…

1. Introduce yourself

Whether you’re new to your street or just feel like you could be doing more to know your neighbours, everything starts with a simple hello. Taking five minutes out of your day to introduce yourself can go a long way to building a happier community for everyone. If someone is new to the area, take the opportunity to make them feel welcome and fill them in on the local transport, bin schedule, facilities etc…

2. Look out for older people

Older people in particular can easily feel isolated when left to themselves. Inviting them round for a cup of tea and a friendly chat can make a huge difference to the quality of their lives. While many elderly people are in fact fit, healthy and independent, it doesn’t hurt to ask if you can be any help out running errands or with jobs around their house.

People are often very proud and won’t want to ask for help even though they could probably use it. Don’t feel like you’re imposing by offering to help out where you can. It’s much better to be overly concerned than not to care. That way when a situation occurs when neighbours need help they know they can always ask for it rather than struggle alone.

There are several changes in behaviour you should look out for that should raise concern. Perhaps you haven’t seen your neighbour for a few days, the post is gathering in their letter box or you’ve noticed their curtains have been drawn for a while. Try asking around to see if anyone knows if they’re away. It could just be that they haven’t told anyone, but wouldn’t you rather have someone check on you if they were worried? It doesn’t take much to knock on the door and check everything is ok.

5. Keep communication lines open

In this digital age, we are more socially connected than ever before. Electronic communications are a fantastic way to keep in touch with people instantly around the world but work equally well on a local level. Think about setting up a group email or WhatsApp group to keep in touch.  That said, there is no substitute to a face to face chat for getting to know someone and building your relationship.

You might have had your annual gas safety check, but what about your neighbours? A regular service of all gas appliances – boilers, cookers, fires and heaters – is the best defence against carbon monoxide leaks. Taking the time to make sure the people on your street have had their annual gas service can help prevent tragedies. Likewise, a carbon monoxide alarm can act as an early warning system and can be a vital piece of kit for keeping you, your family and your neighbours safe.

What do you do to make sure your street is safe? Could you be doing more? Leave a comment and let me know…

This post is in collaboration with Corgi HomePlan. 

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  1. I’ve lived in my street for over 20years and alot of neighbours have come and gone. Unfortunately i dont know some of the new neighbours aswell as the ones that moved. I still consider it a friendly street though. Everyone says hello. We help each ither out with parcels, mowing the lawn, putting the bins out. I think it could be friendlier but that takes effort from everyone.
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