The Dutch word BUUV is in English Neighbours. Therefore, in the following text is spoken of Neighbours.
NEIGHBOURS is a neighbourhood marketplace, created for and run by residents. It involves services that residents can provide for each other, without necessarily having to do something in return. This could be anything: cooking, companionship, walking the dog, a ride to the doctor or the hospital, a chore in the house or gardening. Everyone has something to ask from time to time, and everyone has something to offer. At NEIGHBOURS, one good turn does not necessarily deserve another. There are no strings attached: there’s no need for neighbours to always be there for each other. You can also help just occasionally, whenever it suits you. What may seem like a small effort for you can actually mean a lot for someone else. After all, it’s better to have a good neighbour than a distant friend.
WHO IS NEIGHBOURS FOR?
The NEIGHBOURS initiative is open for anyone who has a supply or demand. New residents for example, who want to get to know people. Elderly citizens who don’t want to sit still and are keen to share their knowledge. Families who invite singles for dinner. District nurses looking for someone to accompany one of their clients to the hospital. Immigrants who want to learn their new country’s language. Creative people who work together to create beautiful things. People with disabilities who may sometimes need a helping hand, but who are also eager to show their talents. Garden heroes without a garden of their own. Coffee lovers going over the events of the day. Handymen, nannies, cooking talents, theatre lovers and sports buddies. No matter what your age is: NEIGHBOURS is there for everyone.
HOW DOES NEIGHBOURS WORK?
You can register online at Neighbours (www.amsterdamzuid.buuv.nu). After your registration, you will receive an e-mail containing a verification link. After activating that, you can get going. You can post something yourself or respond to a message from another person. You will receive all reactions by e-mail. Online, you can upload a photo or post information about yourself and any hobbies and interests.
At NEIGHBOURS, no payment is involved for services rendered. We do, however, recommend you to discuss payment of any expenses to be made beforehand. For instance petrol and parking fees when accompanying someone to the hospital.