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West Yorkshire and Harrogate reality TV launches as part of ‘looking out for our neighbours

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.

New online reality series

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) 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. 

On Monday 16 November, the winter 2020 campaign will launch with a bunch of ‘neighbourly folk’ possibly someone you even know, taking part in a short docu-series to show how neighbourly kindness is making a difference to people’s lives during the pandemic. 

Over twenty people from diverse backgrounds will be the stars of a series of online documentary style films from across Bradford district and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Wakefield and Leeds. Ranging from their early 20s to late 60s we hope they will bring you 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. 

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.  Keeping in view COVID-sensible recorded content the campaign will also cover seasonal topics and hope and goodwill as we head into the festive period. 

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”. 

Dmitry from Wakefield, said:  "At such difficult times this project was much needed the input from the participants was very heart-warming. It was fantastic to share our thoughts and experiences with each other." 

We will be linking to local help available via local place project leads to ensure it is current and reflective of the local climate. All content will be on hosted at ourneighbours.org.uk and on social media @wyhpartnership 

You can watch an introduction to the series at rb.gy/8t3ad4

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