CEO Message: Spread some neighbourly cheer this festive season

How well do you know your neighbours? Our CEO, Jane Nelson, shares her tips for lifting neighbourly spirits in this special end of year message.

Many of us are guilty of being caught up in our busy lives, forgetting to stop and say hello. We share so much with the people who live on our street, but often we barely know their names.

A strong community spirit is something we actively encourage. Our ethos of making friends and helping people means that our members enjoy a strong support network to get them through the good, and the bad.

So why not spread that net of kindness a little wider, by extending your hand of friendship to those who live around you? If you notice that your neighbour lives alone, has a lot on their plate, or doesn’t often get many visitors, then why not stop by to see if you can help?

Our ethos of making friends and helping people means that our members enjoy a strong support network to get them through the good, and the bad.

The colder, winter months provide a great opportunity to drop a card through their door with your contact details for them to give you a call if they’re ever in need of a helping hand. Or, better still, extend the gesture with a knock on their door and a friendly hello.

You don’t have to become their best friend, but being a friendly face and an ambassador for community spirit could be the lift your neighbourhood needs. I’m of the firm belief that you can never have too many plans, and sometimes people just need someone to talk to, or someone to suggest getting out, so why not let them know about your Branch’s local coffee mornings, the trips out and the wonderful benefits of membership. Christmas is a tough time for many people – let’s try and make it better for them.

You can be sure they’ll receive a warm welcome whenever they choose to come to an event.

Christmas is a tough time for many people – let’s try and make it better for them.

Thank you all for making 2019 such a wonderful year full of friendship and warmth. Wishing you, your families and your neighbours a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2020.

Jane Nelson