Good Neighbours

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A Good Neighbour is someone who has a friendly chat with their neighbour or looks out for those living near them. They might offer to help them collect some shopping, pick up their prescription or walk their dog!

This is a page dedicated to Good Neighbours and all of Southend's residents.

Please take a look at the Good Neighbours guidance if you would like some more information that will support you to be neighbourly.

By clicking on the tabs below you will be able to:

  • say thanks to someone who was kind to you during lockdown in YOUR STORIES
  • share and be inspired by YOUR IDEAS for setting up groups and doing activities
  • ask questions and chat with others in the public FORUM
  • place a pin on YOUR MAP to show where your street group is active


<img src="Good neighbours logo.jpg" alt="Yellow figure inside the outline of a white house with a purple background">

A Good Neighbour is someone who has a friendly chat with their neighbour or looks out for those living near them. They might offer to help them collect some shopping, pick up their prescription or walk their dog!

This is a page dedicated to Good Neighbours and all of Southend's residents.

Please take a look at the Good Neighbours guidance if you would like some more information that will support you to be neighbourly.

By clicking on the tabs below you will be able to:

  • say thanks to someone who was kind to you during lockdown in YOUR STORIES
  • share and be inspired by YOUR IDEAS for setting up groups and doing activities
  • ask questions and chat with others in the public FORUM
  • place a pin on YOUR MAP to show where your street group is active


Do you have a story or thank you message to share?

Here's a place to share your stories and thank you messages! We’d like to celebrate what has happened in your local community and would love to read your good news stories.

We really encourage you to post a Thank You message to anyone who has been kind to you in the last few months.


We do not recommend sharing the address or contact details of yourself or someone else in your story. If you would like to use the real names of people in your story please only do this if you have that person’s permission. It would be great to see photos to celebrate your story but again please make sure you have permission of the people in the photo.

Thank you for sharing your story with the rest of the community. We really love to read these!

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    Our giving street

    by Pat@inverness, 6 days ago

    who knew 13 weeks + down the line our street would still be communicating wiv each other with as much enthusiasm as we did after week one

    It started with people introducing themselves in a fairly friendly superficial way when people are jus getting started in a given situation but as the weeks and months have passed I feel we have become a strong group of people whose talents abilities interests willingness to help anyone and sharing are way above and beyond anything I would have hoped to have come out of this dreadful time for young, old, shielded, nervous... Continue reading

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    Will Not End with Lockdown

    by InvernessC192020, 7 days ago

    My street in Westcliff started a Whatsapp Group at the start of Lockdown but I would be very surprised if it ends when Lockdown does.

    The group has brought the street together in the most wonderful way. Everyone is sharing their personal struggles and triumphs, as well as tea and cakes. If someone needs something, someone will have one going spare.

    The group made Lockdown not just bearable but enriching.

    VE celebrations.

    Runaway pets.

    Losing loved ones.

    Health crises.

    Spare DVDs, books, garden pots, veggies, milk alternatives, and exercise equipment have all been shared.

    In the midst of so much... Continue reading

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    Keeping Active in Lockdown

    by Lisa Active Life, 16 days ago

    When we found out that the Country was entering lockdown, and our community activity sessions would be suspended we knew that we had to adjust our working model to ensure we could still reach our communities and keep people active and less isolated.

    We were able to set up a YouTube page, Active Life for a Healthier You, and our amazing instructors commited to providing free activity sessions every week for everyone to access.

    We had several programmes where we supported particular groups and were able to offer phone calls, bespoke videos and online sessions to ensure that they had... Continue reading

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    I've always dreamt of living in a place where neighbours know, help and support each other...

    by Tilly, 24 days ago

    When it was clear that we would be entering a period of lockdown in March, I dropped a note through the doors of 90 households in my section of road, suggesting to get together in a WhatsApp group. The idea was that we would be able to support each another during this time.

    Not everyone responded, but we have a 40 people strong group now. Conversations go from friendly banter to shopping help (including a toilet paper bulk buying offer in the early days of lockdown!) to offer of toys and furniture going spare. Someone even arranged an Easter egg... Continue reading

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    It is a busy road but we reach out to each other

    by kamilpac, 25 days ago

    Our group started on a busy main road despite very diverse housing and lots of businesses intermixed

    Some people knew each other from living next door or having some shared activities but most of us got to know each other well in subsequent weeks. I don't think anyone every had as much positive interaction with their neighbors as was made possible thanks to the group.

    We had lots of messages of encouragement in the group and in real life there were things gifted and exchanged. Spare bricks for a DIY barbecue, Shopkins , curtains material to make bunting, cake -... Continue reading

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    Fantastic community response to Covid-19

    by Roger Savage, 25 days ago

    Dedicated volunteers have helped almost 700 vulnerable people throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Southend Coronavirus Action Helpline has proved to be a major success, with hundreds of residents helped by the new initiative.

    Southend Council launched the dedicated helpline, which has helped vulnerable people since the outbreak of Covid-19, in March.

    A host of voluntary and community groups have come together to help residents with shopping, collecting medication, topping up gas and electric and dog walking.

    Tim Watts, the Lions Club of Leigh community chairman, is pleased to have played his part in keeping the community going in tough times.

    ... Continue reading

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    Trutst Links stays Live during Lockdown

    by mattk, 28 days ago

    The local mental health and wellbeing charity Trust Links has had to shut the gates of its Growing Together community gardens over the last few weeks of lockdown, but is very much Live on social media and the internet. As the country was going into lockdown at the end of March, the charity launched Trust Links Live, providing a lifeline for many local people. Staff and volunteers from the organisation, which has community gardens in Westcliff, Shoeburyness, Thundersley and Rochford, livestream every day on Trust Links Live on Facebook. You can catch up with the videos by searching Trust Links... Continue reading

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    Everyone Health as a Good Neighbour

    by Everyone Health , about 1 month ago

    Everyone Health as a 'Good Neighbour' during COVID 19

    What we have done to adapt

    • With endorsement from the Local Pharmaceutical Committee and SBC, Everyone Health have been the main focal point for co-ordinating the temporary prescription service across Southend. Co-ordination included EH staff, volunteers, pharmacists and GP’s. The majority of the local Everyone Health team were re-deployed to assist SBC by collecting and delivering prescriptions for the Southend CoronaVirus Action line. Our team have delivered over 500 prescriptions covering 4 localities, with the support of additional re-deployed SBC staff.
    • The Health Trainer service and Adult weight Management classes/one to... Continue reading

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    Good Neighbours VE Day Celebrations!

    by Alison23, about 1 month ago

    A Good Neighbour recently held a VE Day street party celebration in their close, socially distant of course!

    It was lovely to see the decorations and to hear about neighbours socialising, playing games, sharing food and generally being Good neighbours during this challenging period.

    Thank you to all the Good Neighbours who are supporting each other and making such a difference!


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    The Good Neighbour Cat!

    by Rachel72, about 1 month ago

    We set up a Good Neighbour scheme in my road and a Whats App group. We soon discovered that all of us had a cat that kept appearing in all of our houses, he had actually made himself comfortable on my bed! The cat was owned by a Neighbour and she was very apologetic however we soon came up with an idea of the cat delivering essential goods to each of us, especially when we were in lock down. The cat could deliver a toilet roll if we attached a small trailer (of course we wouldn't!) ...or a gin and... Continue reading

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