What would you share with your next door neighbour? Would you share food, tools or bikes? What about with the wider community or with someone you haven’t met before?

Sharing resources have multiple benefits including connecting communities, reducing waste and helping people save money. How can we support people to share more with their neighbours and wider community? 

Our work building the national network of Community Fridges has given us some indication. Following the announcement of the network, we've been inundated with emails and calls from groups interested in setting up a fridge in their community, and hundreds have joined a Facebook group. It looks like we’re onto something. Could Community Fridges be the start of a sharing revolution?

Motivated by the positive response, we’re keen to dive deeper into the ins and outs of community sharing. Alongside a wide range of partners, we’ll trial a series of sharing initiatives in four diverse communities. What the outcome will be we don't know, but we’ll openly share learnings on an ongoing basis.

What is a Street that Shares?

From Community Sheds, shared laundrettes, bikes or electric vehicle pooling, to food sharing and skill swopping, the "Street That Shares" will explore how sharing can work best in sets of flats, new developments, urban streets and rural areas. Read why we think this is important. What we do in each location will be based on the needs and desires of the specific community. We’ll listen, adapt and learn.

What we’ve discovered so far

This autumn we’ve been asking residents of Woodberry Down in North London to share their thoughts using voting stickers and “sharing cards”. Perhaps more so then getting access to useful items, people are keen to learn new skills and meet people from their community.

Over the next couple of months we will work closely with the Redmond Community Centre and other partners to explore what this might look like in practice. 

Live in the area and want to find out more? Get in touch.

Want to explore sharing in your community? 

Want to start a conversation about sharing in your community? Download a pack of sharing cards here. We’d love to see how you get on so do drop us a note or tag @hubbubuk on social media. 

Want to get your community involved? Get in touch.