In times of division and hard-feeling it’s easy to forget our common ground. Beyond the lines that seemingly divide us - political, cultural, economic and geographical - we believe that people share many of the same desires and concerns, expressed in techni-coloured difference.

Over one million people have come together as a result of Near Neighbours projects.
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It's too easy to stay in our tribes.

We believe our differences are cause for celebration and are a reason to meet, to listen and understand.

Difference is an asset, not a disadvantage. But it takes work and intention to move beyond our ‘tribes’ and connect with others who are different. But this work is worth it.

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Working towards harmony

The solutions lie in our own communities.

Near Neighbours exists to fund and resource projects developed by local people in their own communities. These projects are about uncovering this common ground and building trust in the places we live, whether that’s through community meals, arts projects, educational workshops, pop-up shops or festivals.


Case Studies:

The Syrian Kitchen

In Leeds, a Near Neighbours Small Grant enabled a local vicar and a Syrian community leader to team up and launch a pop-up café – the Syrian Kitchen – in All Hallows Church. The café was run by a group of Syrian refugees and asylum seekers, assisted by volunteers from the wider community. Together, they prepared and served Syrian dishes on a pay-as-you-feel basis to local residents, including elderly White British people, students, and fellow Syrians. Despite initial language barriers, the project helped facilitate social cohesion and increase understanding of Syrian culture among more established community members.

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Real People Honest Talk

So far, Near Neighbours has brought together over one million people from different backgrounds to work together on creating positive change in their neighbourhoods. But, especially in these times, we want to do more. We believe in the power of people to transform their neighbourhoods, and their relationships. We believe it because we've seen it again and again. You are invited to join us in supporting local people delivering game-changing projects across Britain that bring communities together.

Women’s Counselling Skills

In Southall, women were facing barriers to accessing support and services to improve their wellbeing and mental health, because of poor mental health, loneliness or isolation from others in their faith communities, lack of connectedness with other local women with whom they might share problems, limited knowledge of where to access support or counselling, hesitation to speak to those outside cultural or faith groups about problems due to stigma, and a lack of personal skills and resources concerning what can be done to help.

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Feedback:

"My community's participation in the Real People Honest Talk programme in Luton enabled them to offer a valuable contribution for diverse communities across the town to share collective concerns about their local area..."

Sanjeev Kumar
General Secretary of Shri Guru Ravidass Sangat

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"People coming together to talk about their differences is vital for peaceful co existence in diverse communities and to build a more cohesive and tolerant society"

Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko
Director of Council of Christians and Jews

"A chance to sit down and have more open and honest conversations about everything, anything and all of the little bits in between. I'm proud to have been a part of this project."

Scott Jackson
Participant in Near Neighbours RPHT in Blackburn

Stories:

A community that talks together stays together

There are many ingredients that go into building a resilient community, and one of the key concerns has been around cohesion, integration and diversity. If people don’t know each other, or don’t talk to each other, it’s likely that trust will wane, especially where communities have adapted over the years due to migration and population change.

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Building across generations

Some years ago, in my previous job as a bricklayer I was asked to provide an estimate to repair a hairline crack in a customer’s new home. Sensibly, they had paid for an extensive survey on the property, which had written off this crack as merely superficial. The customer was as shocked as I was to discover a crack behind the plaster, running from floor to ceiling, wide enough for me to fit my entire hand in.

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Strength in Uncertain Times

Uncertainty is pervasive in our politics at the moment. To the extent that it is possible to distance oneself from the magnitude of change that could result from a Brexit decision in either or any direction, it is interesting to observe the responses that this uncertainty elicits.

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