Helping others in the community

Healthy, safe and inclusive communities
Community connectedness
Percentage of respondents who helped someone, who does not live with them, with a range of activities in the last 12 month. Who this help was given to, expressed as a percentage of recipients receiving support

Assisting neighbours and others in the community demonstrates the strength of informal networks, supports and social capital. Informal supports and relationships build trust, and are integral to social capital. Social capital has strong associations to a community’s capacity to both respond and recover from disaster and other challenges (Aldrich, 2010).

Data Source: 
Resilience Profiles Survey
Aldrich, D. (2010). “Fixing Recovery: Social Capital in Post-Crisis Resilience”. Journal of Homeland Security: June.
Survey Questions: 
16. In the last 12 months, did you help anyone [who does not live with you] with the following activities? (tick all that apply); Domestic work, home maintenance or gardening; Providing transport or running errands; Any unpaid child care; Any teaching, coaching or practical advice; Providing any emotional support; Other activities (please specify); Did not help anyone (Go to Q18); 17. Who did you give this help to? (tick all that apply); Relative in another household; Friend; Neighbour; Work colleague; Other person

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