Maya’s story: It brought us all together

“I thought it was common to help others…”

There’s a field in front of my house owned by a neighbour who has a farm and animals. 
Our garden was messy and we decided to clear it up and one day when we were working on it me and my sister decided to help tidy up our neighbours’ garden as well because that was messy too. We talked to the neighbours first. They have kids and they’re nice and play outside a lot.

We removed soil from the field which helped our garden and helped the animals. Our neighbour who owns the field is elderly so it took a big weight off his shoulders and I like getting stuck in and getting my hands dirty.

It was nice to get out and we’ve got a better garden now, which I’m proud of. Our neighbours also have a new garden. It brought us all together. They’re new to the area so we’ve made a connection and made them feel welcome. We gave them presents at Christmas and made them feel at home.

I wasn’t born here and the area we live in isn’t the best. Me and my sister had a conversation about what we were going to do about it. I just felt it was a good thing to do. It feels a bit special because I don’t know anyone else who looks after their neighbours like this. I thought it was common to help others but apparently it’s not.


illustrations from our workshopsThank you to Maya for sharing this story after participating in one of our “How can more people come together to make local places better?” online workshops for Kirklees citizens.

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