We have tried to bring the neighbourhood together for years using flyers, posters, events,... with little to no results. The fact that we succeeded through Hoplr proves that this neighbourhood network has a bright future in store.Erik, moderator Heiende (Lokeren)
Our neighbourhood grew quickly. What surprised me the most was the sense of solidarity among the neighbours. Hoplr really does bring people together!Kin Chi Chow, founder Heihoek (Mechelen)
I’m a fan, because this communication tool has a wide perspective and brings better social cohesion.Marc, moderator Boechout Wijken (Boechout)
I want everyone to know that registration is easy and non-committal. Hoplr is a safe, private an ad-free environment. It's really nothing but beneficial for your neighbourhood.Ben, founder Oosterveld (Antwerp)
Hoplr is a bridge between neighbours. It brings people together. A lot of people need that little push to get toghetherLieve, moderator Oud-Centrum (Ostend)
What does Hoplr do?
- We draw the borders of the neighbourhood
- We send you, if possible, a free package with letters to invite your neighbours
- You'll receive support and tips from the Hoplr-team
What do we expect from you?
- You wish to be socially engaged in your neighbourhood
- You are willing to help your neighbours with questions regarding Hoplr
- Distribute the provided invitation letters
Start your neighbourhood in 6 steps
Once you've submitted the request form, it's time for us to get to work! So read the info on this page carefully and fill out the request form at the bottom.
We aim to define a neighbourhood that works for you and your neighbours. So in this step, let us know: what do you want the name of the neighbourhood to be, how big is the neighbourhood, where do you think the borders should be,...
Neighbourhoods are often villages, townships or city neighbourhoods. Don't make your neighbourhood too small!
A neighbourhood is a hub with local meeting points, such as a central square or park. Usually there's at least one bakery, butchers shop, café,...
We look into the neighbourhoods together. During this second step, the borders can still be altered.
Once the borders are determined, we start digitalising the neighbourhood so your neighbours will automatically end up in the right Hoplr neighbourhood
The required number of invitations is printed and packaged. We send the letters to you personally.
The time has come to start distributing the letters to your neighbours! You could use a hand for this part. Keep the following estimations in mind:
- Rural area +/- 100 letters / hour / person
- City: +/- 300 letters / hour / person
The first few neighbours are coming in! Lead the way:
- Help neighbours with questions about how Hoplr works
- Be socially active in the neighbourhood
- Receive support and tips of the Hoplr team
Are you on board? Fill in the form and we’ll help you get started.
What is Hoplr?
An online network for you and your neighbours
Neighbours get to know each other, they can share stuff, create messages about safety and security, or start initiatives. See more at www.hoplr.com
On Facebook you talk to your friends, on Instagram you post pictures. On Hoplr, you get to know your neighbours.
Thanks for this awesome website. As a volunteer, this site is very useful for me. It’s a good way to get to know my neighbours and offer help
I think this is a beautiful initiative. A lot of people are lonely, and this offers great value for them.
This is a nice addition to our neighbourhood. There has been a lot of activity already and I have communicated with people I would not be able to reach otherwise.
I have a muscle disaease and can use a good neighbour from time to lend me a hand. And now, maybe I can give something back to the community as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who’s behind Hoplr?
Hoplr was founded in 2014 by Jennick Scheerlinck and Jonas Heirwegh. It’s an initiative rooted in a common vision and belief. As a reaction to globalisation, it creates a digital but local story by connecting people with their direct environment. See our entire team
Do I have to print the invitations myself?
We take care of all printing and packaging. All that's left is for you to get the letters to your neighbours!
What’s the best way to go about distributing the letters
Distributing the invitations is not a job that should be underestimated. Firstly, make sure you can count on the help of a family member or neighbour. Doing the job in pairs will not only halve the workload, it keeps you from having to walk up and down the street. The package comes with a map. Use it to determine your route and to check off the streets as you're going. Take a backpack or bike to carry the letters.
Am I committing to anything?
We print and send the letters for you. Naturally, some costs are involved. That's why we expect the letters to actually be distributed. So give this some serious thought before you decide to submit your request.