Making your neighborhood a nicer place to live
I think it’s safe to say that neighbourhoods and a sense of community in and around the place we live, probably isn’t as strong as it was just a few decades ago. People are more private; we all lead busy lives and so much of our human interaction is either done with close friends and family or online. All this means that neighbourhoods suffer. And we very rarely get to know those that we live within such close proximity to.
I think that bringing up our children in a close, community driven neighbourhood is great for everyone. We all feel safer, looked after and many will feel less lonely. If you’re looking for ways to make your neighbourhood a nicer place to live, then check out these 5 tips on getting started!
Introduce some signage
Whether your neighbourhood has a problem with speeding, with inconsiderate parking, or perhaps you want to beautify certain areas with commemorative plaques or even directions then installing some high quality signage is a great place to start. You might want to put up a speed limit sign as a helpful reminder to motorists or another sign as a way to remind people to keep off the grass, however you go about it having polite signs to let residents and visitors know that the area is well looked after and cared for, will really give the aesthetics and safety aspect of your neighbourhood a boost.
Get to know your neighbours
We often hear stories of how our parents would simple call round at a neighbours house for a cup of sugar or even just a chat. People rarely locked their doors, and everyone knew everything about everybody! You don’t have to be super close to your neighbours but getting to know them is a great way to build a sense of community and bring people together. It’s also a good security measure too; as neighbours can watch out for each other and their properties. So, next time you see your neighbour stop and say hello!
Organise a litter pick
Find a free weekend in your diary and arrange a litter pick around your local area. If you don’t think that anyone in the local area will join you, you could go it alone (bring the kids) at first and then post some flyers advertising the next litter pick the following weekend. It’s an effective way to keep your neighbourhood tidy, you can meet your neighbours and get some exercise!
Get to know your local police force
Speak to your local police force about any issues you want to raise with them. Perhaps speeding is a problem in your area, or anti-social behaviour and crime. They can organise more patrols around your area, as well as advise you on how to set up your own neighbourhood watch program.
Keep your property tidyKeeping your own home tidy, and well looked after will make your neighbours want to do the same. If everyone has a neat and tidy yard then the neighbourhood will look fantastic. If there’s a neighbour who needs help or an abandoned property, do what you can to help.