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Brits feel communities have become closer since Covid-19 outbreak

MORE THAN half of people in Britain believe that their community has become closer during the Covid-19 crisis, a survey revealed today.

As the country remains in the grip of the biggest crisis in a generation, tens of thousands of people are pulling together to make sure that nobody falls through the cracks. 

Over 4,000 Covid-19 mutual aid groups have been working up and down the country to support vulnerable people in isolation, among other grassroots efforts.

And 53 per cent of people now feel that their community has been brought closer together, according to a survey commissioned by crowdfunding app WhatWeWant.

The survey of 2,000 Brits also found that 41 per cent of respondents had bought or delivered food to a friend, family member or neighbour in recent weeks. 

WhatWeWant CEO Yiannis Faf said: “We are living through one of the darkest periods in modern history, but the adversity we are facing right now is also bringing out the best in many people.” 

However, the survey also found high levels of isolation and anxiety among respondents. 

Thirty-nine per cent of people said that they felt isolated under lockdown, while 36 per cent said that they were worried about how they would cope financially through the crisis. 

The research also highlighted the importance of technology in bringing people together, with 66 per cent of respondents having used video calls to remain in contact with friends and family in recent weeks.

Fears are mounting over the impact of the crisis on mental health, with a recent Ipsos Mori poll finding that one in five Brits are concerned about mental illness during the lockdown.


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