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Residents invited to join Good Neighbour scheme

Wirral Council and Involve Northwest have teamed up to deliver a new pilot scheme to promote what it means to be a good neighbour.

Residents are being asked to show how proud they are of where they live by putting a sticker in their window saying that they are a good neighbour. It is hoped that this simple act might start conversations will bring people together, celebrate good neighbours and serve as a symbol of community spirit.

The scheme has been designed to nurture and celebrate community spirit, or at the very least encourage neighbours to say ‘hello’ to each other. Feeling connected to our neighbours and our communities can help to increase our health and wellbeing and reduces social isolation.

The Good Neighbours scheme is being delivered by Involve Northwest’s Community Connectors who work in Prenton, Noctorum, Oxton, Birkenhead and Tranmere, St James, Claughton, Bidston Village, Beechwood, Woodchurch, Overchurch, Upton, Eastham, Bromborough, New Ferry, Rock Ferry, Wallasey, Seacombe, Liscard, New Brighton, Leasowe, Moreton and Saughall Massie. Organisers are inviting people living in those areas to take part.

Involve Northwest said: ‘We are proud to be launching the Good Neighbour scheme as part of the Connect Us project. It is in perfect synergy with the aspirations of the project and it is a pleasure to be introducing yet more positivity to our day to day interactions within communities. In times where there can be strains and challenges for communities, it is important to not forget how much good and strength there is within our neighbourhoods.

‘Since the Project started in February we have been overwhelmed by the passion, talents and community spirit we have encountered. The Good Neighbour scheme is a simple way of celebrating this. Look out for your local Community Connector knocking on your door, you are guaranteed to be greeted with a smile!’

Cllr George Davies, Chair of Birkenhead Constituency Committee added: ‘Social isolation can be a real issue for some people across Wirral and the Good Neighbour scheme will help local people get involved.

‘We hope that local residents will get on board, improve community spirit and help isolated neighbours feel they live in a friendly and supportive neighbourhood.’

Residents who would like to get involved won’t be expected to give any extra time if they don’t want to and it doesn’t mean you’ll be responsible for any of your neighbours. However, the more people who display a good neighbour sticker in their window, the greater the sense of living in a friendly and inclusive community.

For more information or to get involved in the Good Neighbour Scheme please call 0151 644 4516. Alternatively, email Connect US at connectus@involvenorthwest.org.uk or visit the Involve Northwest website.