Interaction with neighbours

Healthy, safe and inclusive communities
Community connectedness
Percentage of respondents who: would leave a key with their neighbour if they went away; have the phone number of a neighbour; would contact them if you required assistance; would contact a neighbour to see if they required assistance

Relationships between neighbours are indicative of trust and cooperation in the local community. People are more likely to assist someone they know if help is required. 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).

Knowing who is in your neighbourhood can ensure that any vulnerable or isolated people are not forgotten in a crisis. Having a relationship with neighbours contributes to a sense of belonging to community, raises the cost of exiting and increases feelings of safety (Aldrich, 2010).

Research in Australia on the aftermath of disaster has shown that neighbours are one of the greatest sources of support and assistance in a crisis and in recovery (Hawe, 2009).

Data Source: 
Resilience Profiles Survey
Aldrich, D. (2010). “Fixing Recovery: Social Capital in Post-Crisis Resilience”. Journal of Homeland Security: June.
Hawe, P. (2009). Community Recovery after the February 2009 Victorian bushfires: an evidence check rapid review. Brokered by the Sax Institute ( for the Public Health Branch, Victorian Government Department of Health, Melbourne.
Survey Questions: 
21. If you went away would you leave a key with a neighbour?; Yes; No; Don’t know. 22a. Do you have the phone number of a neighbour?; Yes; No; (Go to Q23) b. Would you contact them if you needed assistance?;Yes; No; Don’t know c. Would you contact them if they needed assistance?; Yes; No; Don’t know

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