Community / Grassroots Movements

Some issues with neighbours only affect you as the immediate neighbour. Others will have an impact on a number of houses or a whole street. By working together as residents, you immediately have a louder voice and are more likely to convince the relevant agencies to take action.

Whilst other residents may seem to be trying to sell up and move out, you need to be determined to stand firm and not have to leave. The police are quick to say you should never have to move because of ASB. Keep this in mind as you fight because in some cases you are likely to need a lot of persistence and determination to get results.

Here are some practical suggestions for how you might get involved as a community:

f you feel unable to take the lead in organising your Community, perhaps you can identify someone in your neighbourhood who might have the confidence and time to dedicate to setting something like this in motion and go and talk to them.

There are organisations that may be able to help transform your community, through working with offenders and helping rebuild relationships between neighbours such as Community Organisers (www.cocollaborative.org.uk) or Redeeming your Communities (www.roc.uk.com).