Looking out for our neighbours
Looking out for our neighbours is a social movement that aims to prevent loneliness by encouraging people to do simple things to help their neighbours.
The campaign was initially launched in West Yorkshire and Harrogate. Stonewater are proud to support this initiative and play a part in increasing awareness and reducing the impact and prevalence of loneliness in our communities.
What is loneliness?
Loneliness is an emotional response to isolation. Loneliness typically includes anxious feelings about a lack of connection or communication with others. Most people will feel lonely at some point in their lives and for a growing number of people; loneliness can define their lives and have a significant impact on their wellbeing.
In 2016 to 2017, there were 5% of adults in England who reported feeling lonely “often” or “always”.
Who is more likely to feel lonely?
People who are less connected to their neighbourhood are more likely to feel lonely and the following groups of people are more likely to report feelings of loneliness:
- Younger adults aged 16 to 24 years
- Older adults
- Women have reported feeling lonely more often than men
- Those who are single or widowed
- People in poor health or who have conditions they describe as “limiting”
As social creatures, we need to attend to our loneliness - social connections are fundamental to our daily existence and help give meaning and purpose in our lives. We also want to feel better in the place we live and have the peace of mind good neighbours bring. It is likely someone living near you either is feeling lonely or needs a helping hand.
Let us be there for one another…
What you can do to help your neighbour:
- A simple “hello” could be your first step towards getting to know people who live near you.
- Having a cuppa and a chat. Once you know someone, a little better offering help or them asking for it will be much easier.
- Organising a regular get together
- Taking someone for a trip to a café or local community event
- Help with a practical chore
We are proud to be looking out for #OurNeighbours. Help us to champion togetherness – find out more at ourneighbours.org.uk