Community spirit is defined as a unity of individuals who share common values and share a sense of willingness to sacrifice their own self-interest for the good of others. Groups generate a connection and warmth between people and engender a feeling of shared purpose that builds resilience. However, new research suggests that this community spirit —for so long a national feature which joined people together - is dying.
According to the ‘Love Thy Neighbourhood 2016’ report; community spirit has almost vanished in modern Britain; with 70 per cent of people admitting they do not know who lives next door, 73 per cent not even knowing their names and upsettingly only 6 per cent stating that community spirit is strong in their area. It appears we are currently a part of a generation where spirit has been replaced with segregation, ruthless anonymity and an ‘every man for himself’ attitude, by the pursuit of contact with one another primarily for individualistic ends.
Despite these findings, it is prominent that as humans, connections to one another is inherent and we thrive off of physical interaction with 43 per cent of locals wanting to build a stronger sense of community within their area; but with the loss of youth clubs, pubs, community centres and general public spaces for congregation – the opportunity of meeting fellow locals has become something of a rare occurrence.
Are local communities a thing of the past, with everyone living in their own private bubble? If so, we need to provide the vital glue to bind our communities together again as there is something magical that exists in the art of connectivity.