Do you know your neighbours? Have you friends from different parts of this community? Do you want a wider group of friends and neighbours to turn to?
How much do you know about this area, it’s many resources, organisations and services? Can you get help when you need it and offer it in return?
Join us at 7.30pm on Friday 25 at The Blacksmiths Arms and start a new habit
Meeting up is a great way of making new friends and finding out about what is happening locally. If you want to know where to go for a good haircut, what new social groups are starting up or to swap some books or CDs with others, then a MeetUp is a great place to do that. Getting to know other people and places than those you are normally around makes for a more interesting and varied life. We can all settle into a rut, only going to the places we know with the people we’ve seen many times before. Making the effort to get along perhaps to a pub you’ve never visited can be a challenge but if you know the welcome when you get there will be warm, it’s certainly worth it!
“…People have said how just meeting with a range of local residents has made them feel better and safer on the streets…”
What do we do?
Our MeetUps are informal opportunities to share some time with other people mostly from around SE16. We get all sorts along – some are regulars and know how the MeetUps work. We always have some people who have never been before and we make sure they are properly welcomed. And then we have some who come to those MeetUps near them or when they can afford the time. People turn up from all parts of Bermondsey, Canada Water, Surrey Quays and Rotherhithe, so if you’ve not been before you can expect to find someone from around where you live. We get people who have lived in SE16 for all their lives – born and bred – and we welcome people who are new to the neighbourhood. We don’t ask people to join in with activities or sit and listen to talks; it’s the conversation that matters.
“…Making the effort to get along perhaps to a pub you’ve never visited can be a challenge but if you know the welcome when you get there will be warm, it’s certainly worth it!…”
What do you get out of it?
Lots has come out of MeetUps. Some local businesses have linked up and now have commercial partnerships. Some local artists have sold their work through contacts at MeetUps and others have picked up tips on where to find bargains from local shops. People have said how just meeting with a range of local residents has made them feel better and safer on the streets. Others have found people willing to help with childcare or to share their passion or hobby. When you meet up with strangers, you have no idea what the outcome will be. When you do so in the safe and supportive atmosphere we aim for at MeetUps it’s almost always positive, constructive and helps people live better lives round here.