By Ellis German, Partnerships Support

This year, we’ve all needed the support of a great neighbour. If there’s someone who’s made a difference to you and your community, put them in the running for an award by telling us all about them, here.

Over the past few months many kind-hearted people in our communities have been offering a helping hand to those most in need during these challenging times. So, for the third year running, we’re launching a nationwide search in partnership with our friends at Neighbourhood Watch to find and celebrate some of the UK’s best neighbours.

This year’s awards launch as our research in April revealed a surge in neighbourliness during the national lockdown, with more people looking out for vulnerable neighbours and talking to those next door more than ever before.

Almost three quarters (72%) of UK adults knew which of their neighbours were classed as high risk and over a quarter (26%) checked in on their neighbours in the first few weeks of the national lockdown.

Despite not being able to spend time physically with neighbours, almost a sixth (16%) said their relationship had become better with their neighbours. 

We’re also launching a brand-new category – Co-op’s Young Neighbour of the Year – celebrating someone up to the age of 21 who has gone above and beyond to help support their community.

A panel of judges from Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch will crown the UK’s Neighbour of the Year and the inaugural Young Neighbour of the Year winner in November. There will also be regional prizes up for grabs.

Visit the Neighbour of the Year website to find out more and also share your stories of great neighbourly activities and acts of kindness.