Does everybody need good neighbours?

In 2014, we asked the UK ‘How Neighbourly Are You?’ Four years later, we have re-polled consumers in a bid to find out how the dial has shifted when it comes to the UK’s community spirit.

The results are in and you might be surprised to find out where in the UK people are actively avoiding their neighbours and where they are still making sure they stop for a chat.

Use our interactive map below to tour the UK and see how each city matches up.

How neighbourly are you?

NEIGHBOURHOOD 101 GUIDE’s guide to being a better neighbour…

Having a good neighbour — and being one in return — has many benefits, from saving money and keeping us safer, to making us happy.

Neighbours can take part in car pools, babysitting duty, feed pets and watch your home while you are away. Yet despite the obvious pluses, our latest research has shown that community spirit is dwindling and people are less inclined to help their immediate neighbour’s than they were four years ago. So, in a bid to bring the UK closer together, we have listed some easy ways you can become a better neighbour.

1. Look after a pair of your neighbour’s keys

Our research showed that nearly two-fifths (38%) of people wouldn’t feel comfortable asking their next-door neighbours to take in a set of their house keys in case of an emergency. Tackle this head on by offering to swap keys with the people next door, so you can both avoid any sticky situations in the future.

House keys

2. Learn your neighbour’s names

It might come as a shock, but only a quarter (27%) of people in the UK know the names of all their neighbours. Take the time to get to know your neighbours on a first name basis, this could be by inviting them in for a cuppa or offering to help them carry in their shopping. Knowing your neighbours names will in turn build much needed community spirit.

3. Say hello when passing in the street

The number of people feeling very comfortable saying hello to their neighbour has dropped by to around one in ten (12%) since 2014. Take the first step to making your street a more friendly and welcoming place by ensuring you say hello to your neighbours when passing them in the street. It could provide a much needed boost to your neighbours day and could even be the start of a new friendship!

Say hello

4. Join the Neighbourhood Watch

While a third of Brits would welcome initiatives to make their neighbourhood stronger, only 13% of them have joined their local Neighbourhood Watch. Grab the bull by the horns and sign up for your local meetings - this way your street can come together to make a real difference on the issues that matter to you all.

5. Work out a method of communication that works for everyone

There’s nothing worse than being left out of a conversation which concerns your street and that you have a vested interest in. The rise of social media has provided the modern-day community notice board and has been the catalyst of neighbourhood co-operation and social action in many areas across the UK. For example, one in ten residents in Wolverhampton now use Whatsapp to speak to their street and over one in six (17%) Londoners opt for community groups on Facebook – it’s worth finding something which works for everyone.

social media

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