Hartleneighbours seeks to extend across the town the good neighbourliness that is springing up all over Hartlepool in response to these extraordinary and testing times. Hartleneighbours is about encouraging supportive connections between neighbours and sharing good ideas across the town.
"I watched people clapping on a Thursday and realised I wanted this good feeling to carry on"
Why are local support networks valuable?
There’s no single way to show good neighbourliness. We don’t need to be told what good neighbourliness looks like – we know it when we see it and we feel right when we show it. Scientists have proved that supportive social relationships are not only good for our emotional well-being but for our physical health as well. For example, simply knowing there are supportive people in our social network positively affects heart rate and blood pressure. See here.
What’s involved in setting up a street network?
There’s no single way to start your street network. It’s entirely up to you how you go about it – you’re in control and making the decisions. If you were looking for some pointers then Hartlepower suggests you use the resources on this website – it’s useful, for example, to consider safeguarding vulnerable people, such as children.
Below is one possible way of getting started – based on what we know has worked in Hartlepool so far. To see a filmed discussion between people who have set up street networks click here.
Lots of help to get started is on this website – click here for resources. If you’d like some more information or to talk things through with someone before getting started, or to help you decide if this is for you, then get in touch with Hartleneighbours support
Contact the Hartleneighbours Support Team:
Complete a contact form (button below) and we will get back to you
Call: 01429 806400 (Option 4)
If you are concerned for the safety and or wellbeing of yourself or others
You can contact the Hartlepool Borough Council Support Hub by:
Telephone: 01429 272905 (10am - 4pm Mondays to Fridays and 10am - 12noon Saturdays)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (please provide your contact details and someone will get back to you)
If your concerns are of immediate and urgent danger to yourself or others please call 999
"The group started off around security after one of us had a break in, but its really taken off! They're planning a Street Celebration for VE Day "
"One neighbour is teaching another to knit using Zoom while some pass shopping notes between our houses, everyone is checked up on"
"Last week we had an exercise class in the street!"
Share ideas with new and exisitng network contacts ideas, work through issues, make connections and learn about new help and resources as they become available.
Trial time is each Wednesday 2-3pm
A directory of support services
"I know there's people in my street who are lonely"
"We've started planning for Halloween"
Video conferencing services allowing people to be in the same 'room' and interact. Great for education, meetings and fun get togethers
If you haven't used video conferencing before, join us in informal training sessions
Be a part of regular network meetings.
Details of how to book are on our events calendar
Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. We focus on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.
Download and print simple flyers to post and offer support to those self isolating.
An additional suggestion could be that on the reverse side you print/draw an image which the receiver could place the flyer with the reverse side showing in their window to show they would like help
Find and add resources to our Drive to using our public folder.
Grow the support available to all!
To share with us
Please anonymise before sharing
Explore the latest government information for helping friends and family
Generous sharing of ways to get together in the current situation. If you cannot access the kit because of not having google please email email@example.com for a PDF version
Ways to support people with dementia in the COVID crisis including videos and tips to help volunteers support
Follow the link and go to 123 minutes: 53 seconds
"One of us has offered fixing IT for free and another to make face coverings"
If you have any concerns about the safety of someone in your network
Children – (pre birth to 18 years), call in office hours The Children’s Hub 01429 284284 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Adults – concerns about adults (18+ years) call in office hours the Adult ISPA 01429 523390 email email@example.com
Out of hours – out of office hours, evenings, weekends and bank holidays please call EDT for adult and child concerns (Emergency Duty Team) 01642 524552
"We have direct contact with a local police detective"
"I'd love to get to know my neighbours"
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