26th March 2012

Summer in our neighbourhoods


It’s officially summertime! Now that the clocks have gone forward we can look forward to lighter evenings and increased opportunity to get out in our neighbourhoods. There will be more chance to take part in outdoor sports, for children to play and explore and for older people to spend more time outside their homes.

But, all of this relies on a sense of community and feeling that the neighbourhood we live in is a safe place.

For instance, a survey shows that 25% of today’s 8 to 10 year olds have never played outside without adult supervision, while 1 in 3 parents will not permit their children, as old as 15, to play away from their house or garden. So how do we provide safe environments for our children to be active?

How can we establish a sense of community where we live and tackle the issues that mean some residents have become fearful of walking their own streets at night?

It’s good to see that you’ve been thinking about this and submitting some great ideas on our ‘How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain, together?‘ GeoVation challenge.

One idea is a Residents Green Mapper  to test innovative approaches/tools to support local people to survey and assess their green spaces across the country and enable information to feed into social landlord’s improvement and maintenance planning and build a national dataset.

Another popular ideas is The Place Station which would introduce owners of land and buildings across the UK to social and community entrepreneurs with ideas for transforming their local area. People will be able to search, add and propose new uses for land and buildings.

There are lots of other great ideas that you can comment on and rate, and there’s still time to enter your own, but hurry, the challenge closes on Wednesday 28 March at 12 noon.  Don’t leave it to late to be in with a chance to win a share of £115, 000 (top prize £40, 000) to make your idea happen!