Near Neighbours is a national programme that brings people from different backgrounds together for initiatives that improve their local neighbourhoods.

In many neighbourhoods across West Yorkshire and the Dales, different faith and ethnic communities live and work next to each other, but sometimes lack the confidence to interact with one another. This separation can lead to misunderstanding and lack of trust.

The Near Neighbours programme brings people together in communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse, so that they can get to know each other better, build relationships and collaborate together on initiatives that improve the local community they live in.

Here in our region, Leeds, Bradford and Dewsbury are served by Wellsprings Together which acts as a regional hub for the work of the programme. Kaneez Khan is employed by Wellsprings Together to act as coordinator helping to connect with local projects and developing the work of the programme which includes Real People Honest Talk, local leadership development and church mosque twinning.

Kaneez also coordinates the Near Neighbours small grants fund; this fund provides seed funding for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours, to develop relationships of diverse faiths and ethnicities and also to improve their communities.

Near Neighbours is nationally linked with a number of partners who provide expertise through their focused work. Partners contribute to the programme with training, expertise and resources. Their work is developing the networks and capacity of local communities and organisations through sustainable initiatives that will continue to impact long into the future.

If you would like to know more about the Near Neighbours programme and how it can help your community, please contact Kaneez Khan kaneez.khan@wellspingstogether.org.uk