Welcome to Near Neighbours
My name is John McCallum. I’m the Near Neighbours Co-ordinator for the East Midlands programme of activity covering Leicester and Nottingham. Based in St Philip’s Centre, my role is to help individuals and their neighbourhood communities make the best use of the opportunities Near Neighbours offers.On these pages you will be able to explore the exciting developments that Near Neighbours has brought about in the first 5 years of the programme and find out how to get involved yourself. In Leicester 101 projects have received a share of £264,671 and in Nottingham 40 projects have received £141,946. As a result many thousands of people of diverse belief and ethnicity have made a big impact on the well-being of neighbourhood communities.
The Near Neighbours programme is open to anyone living and working in the City of Leicester and the City of Nottingham who is willing to engage at the local level with their Neighbours from the many and diverse faith and non-faith traditions that make up the rich and vibrant tapestry of our cities. View the case study on this site to see some of the vital projects our communities are getting involved in.
Because of the great success of Near Neighbours the Government’s Department of Communities and Local Government has awarded a further round of funding in 2016 for small grants available to diverse local communities to develop relationships and transform neighbourhoods for good.
Grants of between £250 and £5,000 are available, providing seed capital for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours, to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities in order to improve their communities.
The grants work alongside the wider work of the programme. The programme works to bring people together who are near neighbours in communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse, so that they can get to know each other better, build relationships of trust and collaborate together on initiatives that improve the local community they live in.
This is a rolling programme with no deadlines but our second phase is due to run from the end of May 2016 and we expect the grants programme to close by January 2017. We will invest in a broad range of work including environmental, social, cultural, artistic and sporting ideas but they need to fulfil our criteria which include:
1) Creating Association.
2) Local and Sustainable.
If you are interested in applying for a grant, or the wider work of the programme, please speak to your local co-ordinator, John McCallum or telephone Office 0116 273 8813 or Mobile 07557 669577
Please note that applications for the 2016 Near Neighbours Small Grants applications closed on Monday 21 November. Further information about the 2017 programme is awaited.
Download the latest Near Neighbours (Leicester) newsletter here
Download the latest Near Neighbours (Southwell & Nottingham) newsletter here
Near Neighbours in a nutshell
The idea is to bring people together who are near neighbours in communities that are diverse, so they can get to know each other better and build relationships as people collaborate together on initiatives that improve the local community they live in.
Near Neighbours has two key objectives:
- Social interaction – to develop positive relationships in multi-faith areas i.e. to help people from different faiths get to know and understand each other better.
- Social action – to encourage people of different faiths, or no faith, to come together for initiatives that improve their local neighbourhood.
Why is Near Neighbours needed?
Some places in England such as Leicester, Nottingham, Bradford, Dewsbury, Leeds, parts of Birmingham including the Black Country and all but south London have a number of different faith communities living close to each other.
These are often areas of deprivation and the people living there share common concerns – they want a better local community, but they don’t come together to talk or act on this as much as they could.
Yet, local people in local communities are the ones who are ideally placed to identify and develop solutions that can improve their own neighbourhood.
Separation can lead to misunderstanding and a lack of trust or respect for each other, which is not healthy for a local community.
Case Studies to view:-