Study reveals Britain lacks community spirit

Study reveals Britain lacks community spirit


Posted 30th May 2018 by Peter Byrne


Research has revealed Britain's sense of community spirit is in decline

Over half of Brits will barely speak to their neighbours, with 68 per cent considering them to be 'strangers'.

With two thirds admitting they can pass days without seeing those who they share their street with, 73 per cent went a step further, saying they wouldn't even know what their names are.

Half of adults consider they don't feel a part of a 'good neighbourly community' with nine in ten admitting they never volunteer with local charities and groups.

With only one in ten saying they would be happy to help with a local tidy up, 12 per cent have said they would help with a charity event and only four per cent would organise a fundraiser or attend a fun run.

More concerning is the lack of pride about where they live, with 84 per cent failing to participate in any local events.

Roy Prenton, from Skipton Building Society, which conducted the study via OnePoll.com, said: "It’s a shock and disappointment to discover that Britain’s community spirit – for so long a national feature which bonded people together – was in decline."

"Wouldn’t it be great to try and turn this around and help rebuild our communities to bring them alive again?"

"That’s the aim of Skipton’s Grassroots Giving community funding scheme, which has given away £405,000 over the past six years to help 810 community groups across the UK to achieve their dreams. Many of these groups do not receive any external funding and all rely on volunteers."

"We know there are a large number of groups looking to make their neighbourhoods a better more friendly and inclusive place to live. So we are once again supporting them by offering another £82,500 in donations this year."

It was found that 51 per cent of adults had no idea what the children who lived next door were called, with 55 per cent unsure as to what their neighbour's profession was.

Two thirds would not even by able to hazard a guess as to the ages of those who lived in the next house, while three quarters would not know what hobbies and interests they have, or whether they have extended family.

When it came to socialising with their neighbours, only seven per cent of those polled would regularly socialise with their neighbours through dinner dates and barbecues.

With less than one in ten considering getting involved in a street party to get to know everyone better, a fifth have admitted the only reason they will interact with the neighbours is when they want a favour done, such as watering the plants or feeding the cat.

20 per cent also claimed that just because they live next door to someone it doesn't mean they have to be friends with them.

The same percentage also claimed that just because they live next door to someone wouldn't mean they need to be friends with them.

In addition to this, only half of respondents support local businesses by shopping with them, and only 18 per cent would be interested in race days, carnivals and fetes.

Prenton added: "Here at Skipton we firmly believe we should be fostering community spirit and that is why many of our 87 UK high street branches will be inviting the general public to special Grassroots Giving picnic days in June where local people can get together, enjoy refreshments and, more importantly, sit and chat to each other."

"It’s a fact that loneliness is terrible epidemic in the UK and by inviting people to join our branch colleagues for a picnic we hope in some small way to help bring our communities together."

"It’s also appropriate that Skipton’s picnics will take place around the UK’s National Picnic Week which is being held from 15 June."





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