'˜Facebook for neighbours' app proves a hit in Leeds

A private social networking app for neighbourhoods has seen a huge take-up rate since launching in Leeds.

Thursday, 20th October 2016, 11:28 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 8:23 pm
Leeds, 6th December 1982 Burley Lodge Terrace, Leeds which was without electricity for part of the weekend. Story Andrew Sheldon.

Nextdoor only became available for download last month, but already has active communities in Burley, Carr Manors, Parklands, Kirkstall, Gledhow, North Farnley, Oulton, Rodley and Woodhouse.

The idea is that users of the app living in close proximity to each other use it to communicate and help each other out.

So far, the platform has seen lost pets reunited with their owners, DIY equipment loaned between neighbours, street events organised and crime and safety alerts exchanged.

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The team behind Nextdoor are now hoping that a new Halloween feature will enable residents of a street to tell local families whether they are happy to answer the door to trick-or-treaters.

A user can advertise that they will give out treats, and their profile will then display a sweet icon, meaning that parents can then consult the app to plan a safe route for their children.

The free ‘Facebook for neighbourhoods’ app has also helped people start fitness and book clubs, make local recommendations and meet new friends.

Nextdoor user Paul Symth said:

“Nextdoor is great for getting to know your neighbours, and for keeping in touch with what’s going on locally. It’s already making my area feel more like a community, bringing people together who might otherwise just pass by on the street. We’re looking forward to meeting new families on Halloween, and thanks to Nextdoor, lots more people are going to join in the fun this year.”