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Looking out for our neighbours is a community campaign running across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to help people feel better in the place they live and have the peace of mind good neighbours bring.Door and calender icons

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Many of us are already doing a great job of looking out for others, but there is still more we could do to make our communities healthier and happier. Research shows that it's likely someone living near you is either feeling lonely or needs a helping hand.

The big question is: who cares if you don't?

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Small gestures make a huge difference.

Whether it’s popping to the shops, offering a lift or just saying hello - however big or small the task, everyone can look out for a neighbour nearby

By doing your bit to support people in your neighbourhood you’ll help to rekindle neighbourly spirit, end social isolation and reduce the risks associated with illnesses such as dementia, heart disease and depression.

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Helpful tips

You could look out for your neighbours by:

  • Taking letters to the postbox.
  • Helping someone fill in a form or use a computer.
  • Offering a lift to a GP or hospital appointment.
  • Taking a book back to the library.
  • Chatting over the fence.
  • Offering to walk someone’s dog.
  • Taking someone for a trip to a cafe or local community event.
  • Organising a regular get together.

Did you know?

Older people living alone are 50% more likely to visit A&E than those who live with others.

(Health Foundation, Dec 18)

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Social isolation can increase the risk of having a stroke by a third and is considered as unhealthy as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

(Health Foundation, Dec 18 and Holt-Lunstad, 2010)

"You’re an amazing lady who helps all your neighbours, including my older mum who has a disability. Thank you!"

"Thank you to my neighbours for collecting my endless parcels! Don't know what I'd do without you and I'll be sorry to move house."