Sheffield folk want more community spirit

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TWO-thirds of Sheffield residents would like more community spirit in their neighbourhoods, according to a new survey.

The survey found thousands of people in Sheffield do not know their neighbours, more than three-quarters of people don’t consider their neighbours friends while almost one in five of us do not even know our neighbours by name.

Research carried out among 3,000 adults by The Big Lunch – a Lottery funded initiative – found that more than a third of people worry they won’t have anything in common with their neighbours.

A quarter are too shy to knock on their neighbours door, while 19 per cent claim they are too busy to introduce themselves.

But the study also found that almost two-thirds of residents in Sheffield would like there to be more community spirit in their area, stating that it would make their neighbourhood feel safer and a happier place to live.

Sir Tim Smit, Co-Founder of The Big Lunch, an initiative encouraging neighbours to share a few hours of food, friendship and fun on Sunday, June 2, said: “There was a time when everyone was very friendly with the people living next door.

“But as time has gone on, this seems to be becoming rarer, and it’s a shame to see that there are many people in Sheffield who haven’t got the time or are too reluctant to get to know their neighbours.

“We’re keen to change this and were delighted when 8.5 million people across the UK took part in successful Big Lunches in their communities last June.

“If you get to know your neighbours, not only does it create a happier safer environment to live in, but you will probably find they are happy to help you out with your pets or water your plants when you go on holiday.

“You never know, you might even end up with a new best friend, simply from knocking on your neighbour’s door to say hello.”