Social connectedness or social cohesion describes the relationships people have with others and the benefits those relationships bring to the individual and society at large.

It includes informal relationships with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, as well as relationships people make through participating in community activities, such as sport or other leisure activities or paid work, voluntary work or community services.

High levels of social cohesion are associated with healthier populations, safer communities and employment opportunities.

Strong sense of community

In 2016, 58 percent of respondents agreed that they felt a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood


In 2017, just over three quarters of respondents had taken part in voluntary work in the last 12 months