Ben HaywardOctober 19th
2020

Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond in their neighbourly duties this year? Well, why not nominate them for an award?! 

Co-op has teamed up with Neighbourhood watch to crown the ‘Co-op Young Neighbour of the Year’.

During the past few months, thousands of people across the UK have needed the support of a good neighbour more than ever, so, if there’s someone who’s made a difference to you and your community, you could put them in the running for the award by telling us all about them.

For the last two years, Co-op has launched a nationwide search in partnership with Neighbourhood Watch to find and celebrate some of the UK’s best neighbours.

However this year sees the launch of the brand-new category - Co-op’s Young Neighbour of the Year - celebrating someone up to the age of 21 who has gone above and beyond to help support their community.

If you know someone who you think is deserving, you can nominate them for one award, or both here.

A study carried out by the Co-op in 2019 revealed the top traits people look for in a good neighbour as well as some of the most common complaints.

Well, it turns out that nearly nine out of ten homeowners and renters (87%) believe that they are good neighbours, according to the study from Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch.

Just a fifth (18%) of UK homeowners and renters said they get along with their neighbours more now than they did five years ago. Whereas last year, almost a third (30%) said they had a better relationship with their neighbours than they had five years previous.

The study also reveals a shift away from neighbours becoming friends as just a fifth (22%) said they’d love to be friendlier with their neighbours. Previously, almost a third (31%) of homeowners and renters wanted this to be a reality.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom, as the year-on-year research shows that as a nation, we are becoming more polite and aware of our neighbours. Three fifths (61%) of people claim to be quiet and courteous towards their neighbours compared to half (51%) that said the same last year.

Furthermore, the research shows what we believe to be the most important traits of a good neighbour. Taking parcels in on behalf of another tops the list, with three quarters (74%) saying this is something they think makes them good neighbours.

Being quiet and courteous is something that three fifths (61%) say they do to help their neighbours out, whilst over half (57%) keep an eye on their neighbour’s property when they’re not in.

Also high on reasons UK homeowners and renters believe they are good neighbours is the fact that they’re not nosey (43%), they’re courteous about where they park their car (42%) and they take their neighbours’ bins in and out (37%).

You can nominate your neighbour for the award here

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