Organise a Love Where You Live week
Share the best things about your neighbourhood and foster a sense of local pride in your fellow residents. Get your local community to share their favourite places and encourage people to look at where they live with fresh eyes with a Love Where You Live week.
You will need
- Something to tag those special places with so other people can find them. You could use luggage labels, a piece of ribbon — anything so long as it can be removed without damage
- Some advertising and a place to distribute the tags, or put them in an envelope with some instructions and post them through your neighbours’ doors
- A few sample tags to get things going: tag a few places you love in your neighbourhood, it could be a tree, a piece of graffiti, a place where the light falls at a certain time of day, a place where kids can hang out and play or an old wall.
Choose a week or a month for the activity to take place in. If you're doing this over the summer, the annual Love Parks Week may be a good time — and you could share and publicise your activities on their website.
Advertise the dates well in advance.
Perhaps you could launch at your Big Lunch event?
Get people to take photos and post them on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #lovewhereyoulive or #loveglasgow or #lovetruro (you might like to create a special social media account for your post code or community to follow.) At the end of the week or month remind people to take their tags away and do a clear-up to be on the safe side.
If you fancy, create a central area where people can write their hopes and wishes for the area — whether these are tags around tree branches, post its on a wall or scribbles on a chalk board.
If a week-long event seems like a daunting thing to start with, why not begin by doing this as a covert activity? Populating your community with notes about all of the things you love will make other people smile and foster a sense of pride.