Are you a good neighbour?

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Everybody needs good neighbours – New research reveals an impressive 93% of people aged over 55 know their neighbours names. The over 55s are also known as the helpful demographic, and make the best neighbours.

The following are the findings of some recent research carried out by Direct Blinds.

•   63% speak to their neighbours regularly

•   77% saying they would be happy to lend something to their neighbour.

Nicolas Swift, Joint Managing Director of Direct Blinds, commented on the findings: “Having neighbours you get on with is a great bonus, and now it seems we’ve pinpointed the most neighbourly demographic. Confidence is said to come with age and it seems over-55s are there already ….”

He added: “It’s also very heart-warming to find that Brits are still full of neighbourly spirit, taking the time to learn each other’s names and speak to each other regularly.”

What are your views?  How neighbourly are you?  Do you speak to your neighbours and help them if needed?  Would you lend a cup of sugar or more if asked? Would you let out your neighbours dog, or feed their cat?  What are your neighbours like?

Are you a good neighbour?

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2nd Mar 2015
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A better question would be: " Do you have good neighbours?" Some people may think they are good neighbours because they mind their own business, never bother next door, keep themselves to themselves etc
We are moving because nobody from any of the surrounding ppties has spoken to us for the whole of the time we have lived here (22 years!) Wonder what they'd put themselves down as!
16th Feb 2015
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I was brought up to look after my neighbours by my parents. As a parent of 4 children I have instilled in them that looking after the neighhbours shouldnt be a chore to them but a privalege for they will be old soon and I hope someone looks out for them.
16th Feb 2015
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We live in an old building divided into flats and we have the most lovely neighbours. Everyone is friendly, we all greet each other and I would never hesitate to ask for help if I should need it. When you are all living on top of each other (literally), it's very important to respect people's space and to be considerate.

We have two new babies in the house so our age range is from 0 to 70+ and we all get on! We are really lucky 🙂
16th Feb 2015
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I live in a similar building on the top ( Second) floor.
I get on well with all my neighbours but don't live in their pockets. We help each other out as necessary, and we are all over 55, the oldest resident will be 80 this year, and she acts as a self appointed caretaker! She has done this for the last 12 years, and enjoys this role, & I for one am grateful to her. But when she was taken ill recently, needing hospital admission twice, both i & her immediate neighbour, on separate occasions, called the ambulance & accompanied her in the ambulance etc... She's now back to normal!
16th Feb 2015
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Maybe a clearer indication here would be if the question was "do you have a good neighbor?" Our problem is we never quite know where we stand. Our neighbor comes to the door with lovely gifts from her garden which are thanked for and appreciated (as well as reciprocated when appropriate) but if met literally 5 minutes later would not lift her head to acknowledge your presence. Learned over time just to go with the flow but finding it difficult to keep up with the changing standards for us and them.
Mr. Fixit
15th Feb 2015
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In our experience it is isolation which is the cause of the problem, we have moved to a residential park ... No 6ft fencing, everyone speaks and if anyone has a problem there is always someone there to help. If we want privacy then no one invades it .... We have a social life better than we could ever have imagined.
To have good neighbours is wonderful, so to reciprocate we like to be good neighbours.
13th Feb 2015
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I have very good neighbours. Being alone, it is invaluable. They look after my house when I'm away, we visit each other for cuppas and they even include me in the occasional trip out. I am still very mobile with my own car and would do the same for them in a heartbeat. I consider myself extremely fortunate.
12th Feb 2015
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We are blessed with lovely neighbours. Everyone has a cheery "hello" whenever you see them and folk are very happy to look after others houses if they are away-put out rubbish etc. Lot of people in their 50s-80s and a happy community.-We are lucky
Jo Kingham
12th Feb 2015
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We live in a small parish where there are a lot of older people as well as a more recent influx of younger families. We have a fantastic community spirit and often have village events and outings. We all look out for each other, the kids all play together and we look after pets and houses when neighbours are on holiday etc. I know I'm blessed to have such wonderful neighbours and live in such a friendly community.
12th Feb 2015
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I live on the main road through our village and I think this situation makes it harder to be in daily contact with neighbours, all of the immediate ones go to work and those that don't, the older ones, tend to keep to themselves. As we do. But our immediate neighbours to either side and across the road from us, know that if needed we will help where we can. Just as I know I can count on my next door neighbour Carol, in times of emergency. Being a good neighbour, to me, is being friendly when you see them, and helping out if and when you can. It's not popping in all the time, not unless you happen to be lucky enough to make a close friend out of a neighbour, as has happened to me once or twice. Not in this present house though, but that's all right - just knowing a neighbour will help is all I want from them.

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