Near Neighbours

Near Neighbours

30 August 2018 by Elizabeth Fewkes in Political Engagement.

Near Neighbours West London

Hi my name is Elizabeth Fewkes & I’m the Near Neighbours coordinator for West London. The work of Near Neighbours is focused on developing relationships between people of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds in some of England’s most diverse cities.

Many communities in these locations live separately without ever interacting with those different from them. Near Neighbours works to bring them together to improve their neighbourhoods through social action in areas that are of shared concern and common values.

The Near Neighbours Grants programme (upto £5,000) has helped projects to address a variety of issues such as integration, employment skills, mental health, environmental work, and homelessness. 53% of Near Neighbours projects provide new skills to the unemployed and 33% offer important social support to refugees.

This funding provides us with the opportunity to continue building social cohesion and public confidence in our diverse society. If you would like to find out more or would like to apply, please do get in touch.

Also, we are currently excited about supporting the development of Places of Welcome, a growing network of hospitality run by local community groups who want to make sure that everyone in their area has a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation.

There are now over 200 Places of Welcome across the UK, each is unique but all provide a place for people to connect with one another, find belonging and offer gifts and skills that interest them.

Do you have an existing drop-in style activity and would be interested in joining the Places of Welcome network? Do you have a community building and/or volunteers and would be interested in setting up a new Place of Welcome? Are you part of an organisation that works with people who might value connecting with a Place of Welcome? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then please drop me a line.


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Elizabeth Fewkes

Elizabeth Fewkes

Near Neighbours Coordinator for West London. Website:

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