The good news is that a recent HomeServe study1 reveals around two in every three neighbours in Brighton and Hove will look to find ways to help their vulnerable and elderly neighbours as wintry weather strikes UK.
The study, carried out in Autumn/Winter 2015, shows that the people of Brighton and Hove will overwhelmingly (62%) be helping out their vulnerable neighbours. Help such as by gritting paths, DIY jobs (31%), stocking cupboards (21%) and checking heating (19%) top the list of responses.
“Supporting the most vulnerable people in our communities is an incredibly important role for so many people” said HomeServe’s Brand Director John Greaves. “It’s pleasing to see that caring neighbours across Brighton & Hove will be taking the time to check on their elderly or vulnerable neighbours and helping them out in so many different ways.”
The nationwide HomeServe ‘Good Neighbours’ poll of more than 2,000 UK homeowners shows that women are more likely than men to check on neighbours’ food stocks (23% compared to 18% of men), while men are most likely to carry out DIY and repair jobs (30% to 20% women) and salting or gritting paths (28% to 24% women).
Younger people are most likely to check if vulnerable neighbours have enough heating, with under 35s topping the poll at 18%, however, it is the under 25s who are the most likely to invite older, more vulnerable neighbours round so they are not lonely during the winter period.
It’s a warming and positive result to see such support promised in the local community.
HomeServe have been one of the UK’s leading home assistance providers for over 20 years. They deliver maintenance and repair services, including plumbing, drainage, electrics, heating to their customers though their nationwide network of engineers and specialist sub-contractors.
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1 Source reference: HomeServe’s in-depth “Good Neighbours” study of more than 2,000 UK homeowners carried out by Mindlab in Autumn/Winter 2015.