Bring people together
Events at street, neighbourhood or community level can be a good way to encourage a sense of belonging. But often the difficulty is sustaining the connections made beyond one-off conversations on the day.
A key factor in the success of many Big Local partnerships has been to ensure that events are genuinely open to everyone in the community. So think about who is usually missing from your events. Who should you make a special effort to include? The way you describe an event is very important; for example, those without children may think that a ‘family fun day’ is not aimed at them.
More structured and active community involvement can be a great way to connect people. Coming together to solve a shared problem or to speak out about a shared issue (sometimes called an ‘asset-based approach to community development’) can create social cohesion and strengthen our communities.
The places and spaces where we come together to connect, both formally and informally, are also important. Make good use of your ‘ordinary’ spaces, such as cafes and parks, to widen your reach.
Find out more at: Connection Coalition