Knowing your neighbours can help in so many ways – from increased safety and help in emergencies, to creating new connections and friends. Holding a regular street get-together is a great way to make your street really feel like home and with a few like minded neighbours, it’s easy to get started.
Steps to take action
- Talk with the neighbours that you already know about your idea to organise a street get-together and plan it together.
- Find out if there are Council regulations. If you’re not closing the street or selling food or alcohol, you usually won’t need a permit.
- Decide on the:
• Date and time – when are most people at home.
• Theme – Christmas, Springtime, Winter soup.
• Food and drink – usually people are happy to bring a plate of food to share and their own drinks.
• Location – is there a wide nature strip or a quieter part of your street that people can safely gather.
• Equipment – a few tables and maybe a shade tent is all that’s needed. People can BYO chairs.
- Design an invitation (Canva online has free templates), or a handwritten note works well too. Set up a street Facebook group.
- 2 weeks before your event you can letterbox drop your invitations and put posters on telegraph posts along your street.
- Put up decorations the day before or morning of the get together to help remind your neighbours about the event.
- Get together and celebrate!
- See Neighbourhood Connect for some more great ideas including street bake-off’s, progressive dinners, car wash days and more