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2019-2023: Love Your Neighbour

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Love Your Neighbour was our one-to-one friendship programme. We introduced younger and older neighbours in Hackney and Tower Hamlets to share time, laughter, and joy together over the phone, in-person, or a mix of both. Neighbours generally caught up for about an hour a week for company and conversation.

Friendships were genuine, long-lasting and meaningful for older and younger neighbours alike. We matched people based on their proximity to each other and shared interests. Often, friends helped each other discover new interests – and helped one another to feel part of a changing world, rather than left behind by it.

Each friendship was unique – some neighbours headed out to explore east London’s coffee shops, museums and markets; others enjoyed staying in, watching their favourite films or TV shows together or just having a cup of tea and a chat.

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As with all good friendships, a Love Your Neighbour friendship could bring company, companionship and connection – as well as stories of love and loss, hope and heartbreak. As Martina (79), who became friends with Nelly (41), shared: 

“What I like about our conversation is that there is a real dialogue, we share values, we can talk about any topics with enthusiasm and kindness. We focus on happiness. I like the fact that on our call you are devoted to me and determined to help me."

While Nelly said:

I enjoy the fact that no subject is taboo and it’s a safe space to discuss anything we want and be ourselves. I feel I can learn from Martina and even though we come from a different background we can connect very well."

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