Residents on the Quarrendon estate in Aylesbury are being invited to come together as part of a project to combat loneliness, isolation and develop a community where neighbours look out for one another.
Bucks County Council is aiming to recruit residents in every road across the estate and will then provide them with resources and free workshops to heighten awareness of issues such as doorstep crime, scams, domestic abuse and nutrition, to increase the wellbeing and safety of the community.
The Quarrendon Street Association is launching at the Community Centre in Meadowcroft at 6.30pm on Tuesday September 26, giving residents the chance to collect information and sign up as street members.
Project leader Helen Cavill said research showed Quarrendon had lower than average healthy eating figures, a higher than average number of smokers, and that 20% of children were living in poverty.
While scam and doorstep crime figures among Quarrendon’s 1,700 homes were high, the amounts scammed were low - often no more than a few hundred pounds - with a substantial number of mail, phone and email cons.
Helen said: “We’d like street members to work with their neighbours, building on a sense of neighbourliness, to ensure everyone in the community feels safe, valued and cared for.”
The first workshop on Tuesday October 3 between 2pm and 4pm helps residents protect themselves and their neighbours against targeted fraud, phone and mail scams and doorstep criminals.
The county council piloted the Street Association idea in Hughenden near Wycombe and six months from its launch earlier this year, the scheme thrives in eight villages, with 60 street members covering 37 roads and more than 30 attending training workshops.
Hughenden Valley street member Anne Smart said she introduced herself to residents in her road, through a neighbourhood barbecue.
She said: “Now they all know I’m on hand if needed and I think this is a good way to strengthen the community.”
Anne Wight, deputy cabinet member for community engagement and public health said: “I’m really encouraged by the way the residents in Hughenden parish have pulled together and worked so well to promote safety and wellbeing among their neighbours.
“Now there’s a great opportunity for residents in Quarrendon to band together to promote a sense of community and belonging.
“I want to encourage their community spirit of goodwill to make sure we hold on to a tradition of neighbourliness, and make Quarrendon a safe place for our children and families.”