So what could we do?
So the idea is very simple, most of us would agree that our neighbourhoods would be much nicer places to live if we knew the people around us. It 'used to be like that' many of the people I meet have said, but not any more. The 'Big Lunch' if nothing else, brings people together, and people still remember fondly those events and the people that they met for the first time who very often only lived a few doors away.
Could we eradicate loneliness in some of our neighbours? ... could we invite people on their own round for dinner? ... Christmas? ... could we pop in for a coffee or tea? ... or just help out with some shopping or a lift to the hospital? Wouldn't it be just so much better if we could say hello easily to someone we meet outside without the awkwardness... what if we joined these street groups together to create real community in our area and then beyond?
How we feel and our view of the world can often change in an instant with a chance encounter.... a friendly smile... a helping hand, support from those who live around us. But it would be so much easier if we knew those we could easily reach out to... almost like an extended family!