Why Terms and Conditions?

Short answer: because I can! A Terms and Conditions page has been added because I guess any neighbourhood needs some rules or standards to help things go smoothly and to help us get along. I haven’t got a clue what I’m doing here of course, so this is my first shot. As the site grows and especially if The Neighbourgood introduces a small annual fee for listings I guess that these T&Cs will become more important.
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Are You Claiming for Everything You Can?

One of the things that I have heard recently on the radio and television is that many people do not know what their full entitlement to benefits might be.  This has been the case for as long as I can recall and despite living in the age of communication, it seems that these important messages are not getting through.  There has been a lot of talk in the news recently, to do with benefits because of Government plans to place a 1% cap on increases and because of attempts to place a £26,000-a-year ceiling on the amount any household can claim. Do You Care? Read on

Great British Care Awards

Over the Christmas holidays I had a look around to see if I might come up with some interesting news for the Neighbourgood and I came across the web site for the Great British Care Awards. Perfect fit! I did not know about these awards but guessing there might be something like it, I did a search on “Social Care Awards,” thinking that I might come up with some good examples of care and support services in the South East, and it paid off.

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You Don’t Have to Own a Group to List a Group

It struck me that  I ought to say that.  If you work for, manage, own or have anything to do with with a caring or helping organisation, go ahead and add a listing.  If you know of a group that should be here and  you have absolutely nothing to do with them, go ahead and add it anyway!  Think of the Neighbourgood as a kind of phone book, or web directory or list of contacts.  It’s fine to think of it like that because that’s precisely what it is. Do You Care? Read on

wheat field with tyre treads

Is that Generosity?

So did you hear the one about the vicar giving away tenners? It’s true; for his church Harvest Festival service, Rev Pev, as his parishioners know him, gave people who attended a ten pound note. I’ve never heard of that before and no wonder it made the news. This Wiki page says that harvest is about,

Ample food and freedom from the necessity to work in the fields are two central features of harvest festivals: eating, merriment, contests, music and romance are common features of harvest festivals around the world.

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There’s this feeling that neighbourhoods are getting less friendly; that the places and communities we inhabit are not as safe as they were in our childhood. But how can we be sure? There’s no doubt that we need to secure our homes and take account of our own safety but are communities less safe and secure than they used to be?  Whatever you think about those questions, I think you will agree that we need good neighbours. Do You Care? Read on

Spelling Help
Looking for Volunteers

The Neighbourgood needs a few volunteers to help it out: is that a bit ironic? The site went live yesterday, 7th November and it would be great if a few people could post some fictitious listings and then let me know how it went.  I’m looking for help.

Once the site gets going, it should become self-sufficient in terms of content. Helping and caring organisations should be able to add their details in about ten to fifteen minutes without too much difficulty but it might be the case that some people if they have no experience with computers, will find this challenging. Do You Care? Read on

Doing My Best

This site has been on my mind since mid 2011 and I think that I am at last, getting near to the idea becoming a reality. For me, it is quite an ambitious project and one that I think will be useful. Of course, that will depend on whether other people think it is useful too. Like so many other things in life it will only be as good as the people that contribute to it and people might not do so unless they think it is going to be good.  So, like any other community, I’m looking for help do develop The Neighbourgood. Do You Care? Read on