Three in ten people say that as a result of the pandemic they plan to be more involved in their local community this year, according to a survey published today.
New research out today from The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) finds seven in ten people in the UK, 69%, feel like they are part of their local community, while over a third say that Covid-19 has made them feel even more so.
The NLCF survey of over 7,000 UK adults across the UK asks how people are feeling about their community and their ambitions for their local area for the year ahead.
Respondents said that reducing loneliness and isolation is top of the agenda for the wellbeing of their local community.
People also want to see behavioural changes in their community in the year ahead. These include people caring and looking out for each other, 50%, a focus on supporting each other and good neighbourliness, 45%, and parents spending quality time with their children, 42%.
The majority, 65%, added that local community groups and projects, volunteers and charities deserve more recognition.
Faiza Khan, director of engagement and insight at the NLCF, said: “Last year so many communities up and down the country demonstrated the amazing things people can do to support each other during challenging times. This research shows the power of that collective endeavour and the profound impact on how we feel about the areas we live in and the people around us - making more of us appreciate our community and want to get involved.”
National Lottery players raise £30m a week for good causes and during 2020 it distributed over £650m to community projects across the UK.