Social network bringing community together

By - Tuesday 1st July, 2014

A social network called Streetlife is helping people in Croydon to organise events, raise awareness and make new friends. It aims to build stronger communities and has 2,500 locals signed up.

Wendy Felstead (left) helps organise a local coffee morning through Streetlife. Image used with permission.

Release begins: Croydon residents are taking to a fast-growing social network that enables local people to connect and share with one another.

More than 2,500 locals have signed up to Streetlife, the social network for local communities. The website says that it aims to build stronger communities and describes itself as “the online equivalent of chatting over the garden fence.”

Hundreds of Streetlife conversations have allowed locals to raise awareness about an upcoming school fete in South Norwood, share tips about caring for endangered stag beetles in Addiscombe and find recommendations for local Pilates classes in Selhurst.

“The display of community spirit we’ve seen from Croydon residents has been fantastic” said Nina Whittaker, Streetlife’s head of communities. “It’s obvious that there’s a real desire among neighbours to help one another and we’re delighted to provide an outlet for that”.

Wendy Felstead (49), a regular Streetlife user, helps organise a coffee morning for a group of friends who met through Streetlife. “I’ve only been in the area for 18 months and I’ve learned so much by making friends with people on Streetlife” she says. “It has that safe feeling. You find out all sorts of things that are going on and I log on and off all the time!

Croydon residents can find out more and connect with their local community at

How it works:

  • Sign up for free at with a postcode and email address.
  • Users can post messages, events, polls and pictures.
  • Other Streetlife users who live nearby are able to respond.
  • Neighbours help one another by sharing knowledge, opinions and advice about the area.

How it’s used:

  • Finding local people with shared interests and passions.
  • Lending and giving away belongings to neighbours.
  • Organising community events and campaigns.
  • Exchanging recommendations for local businesses and tradespeople.
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