Local residents are taking part in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership  (WY&H HCP) ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ mini-series.

Over twenty people from diverse backgrounds star in a series of online documentary style films from across Bradford district and Craven, Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Wakefield and Leeds.

They bring everything you’d look for in a reality show, including lots of fun and tips on how you can look out for your neighbours safely whilst spreading a bit of joy this winter.

‘Looking out for our neighbours’ is an award winning social movement that aims to prevent loneliness and its associated health risks throughout West Yorkshire and Harrogate. It succeeds by encouraging people to do simple things to help out their neighbours.

Rob Webster, CEO Lead for WY&H HCP said: “We are really pleased to be connecting a group of neighbours from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate and hearing them discuss a series of topics about life during the pandemic. We hope to show that physically distanced doesn’t mean we have to be socially apart – it’s the smallest of things that will help us through these difficult times and sharing the positives can really boost someone’s feelings of wellbeing and bring areas of positivity to our lives. We continue to work together with local communities and hundreds of VCSE organisations to support this important work”.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Partnership encouraged over 49,000 people to get involved by making a positive difference to their neighbours lives through acts of kindness a part of the ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ campaign.

As we enter one of the most challenging winters we have faced there has never been a better time to inspire neighbourly spirit and simple acts of kindness through social media, letters and texts. The campaign will also cover seasonal topics and hope and goodwill as we head into the festive period.

Matthew McLoughlin, from Huddersfield who has taken part in the series said: “Being part of ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ has been a joyous experience that has restored my faith in humanity. It was a coming together of the hearts of different communities which are all beating as one”.

Lisa Holmes, from Birstall who also took part said: “I felt a little bit out of my comfort zone doing something like this but really enjoyed the experience. I really learnt a lot listening to other people and how they are coping throughout the whole COVID-19 situation – some interesting views and some which I had not considered”.

The first episode launched this week and new episodes will be streamed every fortnight at https://ourneighbours.org.uk/ where you can also find links to local health and care support to help you.

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