Metro Vancouver is a Community of Networked Neighbours

Vancouver Foundation’s 2017 Connect & Engage report explored community engagement across Metro Vancouver. But how connected residents feel to their neighbourhoods and the larger community has a major impact on their sense of belonging and well-being. That’s why we’ve taken a closer look at “networked neighbours”: people with an exceptionally strong sense of connection to their neighbourhood.

MEET YOUR NETWORKED NEIGHBOURS

One in six Metro Vancouver residents is a networked neighbour: They report feeling welcome in their neighbourhood, along with a strong sense of belonging and high levels of trust in their neighbours. Compared with Metro residents overall, they’re less likely to feel lonely and more likely to have a strong sense of personal wellbeing. And they’ve put down roots: Networked neighbours have been in their neighbourhoods longer and are more committed to staying put.

WHAT MAKES A NETWORKED NEIGHBOUR

Networked neighbours are made, not born: Their habits bring them into greater contact with their neighbours, building the connections that foster a sense of trust and belonging.

START WITH A SMILE

Neighbourhoods and communities grow stronger when they’re nurtured by its members. We can all learn from the habits of networked neighbours, beginning with the most basic: interacting more with each other.

ABOUT THIS REPORT

This report is based on data from Vancouver Foundation’s 2017 Connect & Engage report. All data comes from a survey that was administered by Mustel Group and completed online in either English or Chinese by 3,785 Metro Vancouver residents between June 15th and July 7th, 2017. Of these, 620 scored neighbourhood trust high, reported feeling welcome in their neighbourhood, and reported feeling a strong sense of belonging in their neighbourhood: these are the people we term “networked neighbours”. The final sample was weighted to match Statistics Canada census data on the basis of gender, age, and region of residence.

For more, see vancouverfoundation.ca/connectandengage

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