Community is the vital lifeblood of the UK. Having neighbours that you can turn to, whether that’s to take in a parcel, borrow some milk or just for a chat, is so important. We all want to feel part of a community and know that someone is there to help a hand.
As we begin our call to join us and our new membership, which sees 1% of members’ spend on Co-op products and services going back to their local community, we asked 2,000 adults across the UK how neighbourly their community felt.
According to our research, on average we can call on 2.6 neighbours for help and a parcel delivery is now far and away the main reason someone would call on the person next door for a favour. One in four over 45’s do not have a neighbour they can call on for a favour and almost a quarter (23.3 per cent) of over 45’s claim to have no one living nearby who they can turn to for help. That figure falls to one in six (16.8 per cent) for those under 35.
On average and across all ages, when asked how many neighbours they could depend on for a favour 21.3 per cent said they have no one.
Southampton is the most isolated place with 32 per cent of people saying they have no neighbours to drop in on.
Sheffield is the community capital of the UK where three in four (75 per cent) respondents would be happy to call on up to five people to request a good turn.
The top ten neighbourly cities, as measured by where people are comfortable with asking one to five neighbours for a favour, are:
This research shows that we have much to do to improve our neighbourly spirit and foster that sense of community. The Co-op is back and our members and our communities are once again at the heart of all we do so join us and let’s forge stronger communities together.
Chief Membership Officer