Near Neighbours


Greater Together Manchester runs the Near Neighbours programme for Greater Manchester and currently covers Oldham, Rochdale, Bury and Manchester.

The idea behind Near Neighbours is to bring people together who are near neighbours in communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse, so that they can get to know each other better, build relationships of trust, and collaborate together on initiatives that improve the local community they live in.

Near Neighbours has two key objectives: 

  • Social Interaction: to develop positive relationships in multi-faith areas i.e. to help people from different faiths get to know and understand each other better.
  • Social Action: to encourage people of different faiths and of no faith to come together for initiatives that improve their local neighbourhood.

Why is Near Neighbours needed?

Many neighbourhoods in England have a number of different faith and ethnic communities living close to each other, some of these communities rarely interact with one another and instead live parallel but separate lives.

Such separation can lead to misunderstanding and a lack of trust or respect for each other, which is not healthy for a local community.

These are also often areas of deprivation, with people living there sharing common concerns for a better community. Despite this shared concern they don’t come together to talk or act on this as much as they could.

Yet it is local people, in local communities, that are the ones who are ideally placed to identify and develop solutions that can improve their own neighbourhood.

Thus Near Neighbours bring people together; breaking down misunderstanding and developing trust, and helps them to act to change their communities for the better.

Starting your own project

At Near Neighbours, we feel that, where there is separation between different faith and ethnic communities in local areas, there is often misunderstanding and a lack of trust or respect. We believe that bringing people together will change these attitudes for the better and help to build meaningful relationships.

Near Neighbours has lots of resources on how you can start your own project to bring people together, make new friends, and improve your local area to make it a better place to live for everyone! Click here to find out more.

Near Neighbours Grants

The Near Neighbours Programme offers small grants of between £250 and £5,000 providing seed capital for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours and to improve their communities. Anyone can apply for a grant, of any faith or of no faith, so long as the activity meets the criteria and takes place in one of the geographically eligible areas. The Near Neighbours Coordinator will be able to support and guide you through the application process.

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Contact us about Near Neighbours

Our Near Neighbours Coordinator is Samra Kanwal.

You can email her at nearneighbours@greatertogethermanchester.org or call her on 0161 828 1413.