Nice old way to connect

Raelene HallMidwest Times
Work parties, school concerts or carol nights can bring people together who have something in common.
Camera IconWork parties, school concerts or carol nights can bring people together who have something in common. Credit: Getty Images

OPINION

It’s that time of year when there are endless functions to attend, whether it’s work parties, school concerts or carol nights.

These bring people together who have something in common.

If you live in a city or town you also have something in common with others which you may not consider.

It’s your address and the street you live in and share with others.

In bygone days, people had street parties where everyone ate, drank and was merry, while the kids played cricket or some other game up and down the road. Not a very practical option these days, but it doesn’t mean a street can’t have a get-together if people wish.

It just needs one person with the motivation and enthusiasm to find a no-cost central location and to spread the word. Whether it be at the local park, in the laneway between the streets or your own backyard, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is to bring the people in a street or neighbourhood (if not too large) together.

Everyone brings a plate to share and supplies their own drinks.

Before you know it, people will be chatting and sharing stories about their work, holidays, gardens, family and their time living in the street.

While a street party doesn’t have to have any particular purpose other than getting people in that street together for a sociable couple of hours, I bet the benefits are greater than that.

For those who may be shy or alone, or both, it gives them a chance to meet others in a non-threatening situation. It helps build a street or neighbourhood into a community, where people care about each other.

It enables people to find others close to their home with similar interests.

Security of the street is improved when people know their neighbour, their habits and plans. Too often, we hear of elderly people having a fall or dying while alone.

By building relationships between neighbours, we can begin to build our streets and neighbourhoods into a stronger community.

If one street chooses to hold a get-together for all its residents and from this, the idea flows out to other areas, the world can become a better place — one street at a time. So let’s start to build a better world, one street at a time.

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