Many things become possible when there are rich connections amongst neighbours. Within walking distance, you might find people who share your interests – some may become friends and kids may find new playmates. You might find people to give you a hand when you need it and people who would like to do things with you to improve your neighbourhood. You are likely to find satisfying ways of contributing to others and gain a sense that you really belong in this place.

The more people get involved, the more it feels like a community and not an area full of strangers. Depending on what your group decides to do together, you might find that you can live a more social, environmentally sustainable, healthier, safer and happier life.

Some people may not have been in the neighbourhood long or may not stay for long. It doesn’t matter – we don’t know the future but we can make the most of the present.