Underprivileged Streets

Street Association can work on underprivileged streets!  In fact, they can be particularly valuable there.

  • Many streets battle with antisocial behaviour, prostitution, drugs and more
  • This causes people to hide behind their front doors. Antisocial behaviour kills community
  • There’s a fear of getting involved – and a lack of hope. “It would take a miracle to get community spirit here”
  • In fact, there are a lot of lovely people around. The key is to mobilize them.

Street Associations – Helping to rebuild community spirit

A March 2015 independent evaluation of SA work in low income neighbourhoods, with Birmingham University’s Third Sector Research Centre, concluded that:

“Within a relatively short space of time, Street Associations has achieved its goal of using social activities to ‘rebuild’ as sense … of neighbourly social networks … Views across all streets were that Street Associations made a positive impact – both in terms of what members had personally gained from participation and through changes across the wider community … It is important to record the sheer volume of local resident support in terms of volunteer time [and] donations of goods … Feedback from participants … was unanimously favourable in their response to Street Associations”.

Comments from residents quoted in the independent evaluation include the following:

“Street Associations has really got people involved. There has been a general apathy in the area … but the social side of Street Associations has really attracted people”.

“This has turned back some of the bad feeling that was coming round on the estate”.

“The way people just muck in, it’s been great. And they have been so generous, restores your faith, as they say”.

“I’m retired, so the Street Association has really given me a purpose and kept me active”.

“I was a bit sceptical at first…like this will not work around here. But I thought I’d give it a go. And the great thing is that other people have done so as well”.

“I think we should be really proud of ourselves”.