Sam started Streetbank in 2010, after having a good experience of sharing with his next-door neighbours.
They had been lending stuff to him – small stuff mainly (like a cup of sugar), but it got bigger (like a ladder) and in time he found he’d actually made friends with them. They even took the fence between their gardens down and they did all the gardening (result for Sam!).
As Sam chatted to friends he started to think it could be more than just lending, like people giving things away and helping each other too. He realised it could also be a way of everyone getting to know their neighbours (in a moderately uncheesy way).
Then, along came Nic, who has a special knack at building clever websites, and Streetbank was born.
This was good – and as Streetbank grew, Sam and Nic realised they were on to something. They wanted to share Streetbank more widely so they searched the land far and wide until they found Tess, whose love of words and general campaigning creativity made her just the girl for the job.
Next came Kate, our Director of Marketing and Communications who knows all about getting big community initiatives off the ground, having been a founding member of the successful Big Lunch project, bringing neighbours together for lunch once a year.
Most recently we’ve been joined by Alex, a web whizz and competition level salsa dancer from Hungary.
So we've all been working together and it has been fun.
What’s your Streetbank story? How could you spread the Streetbank word?