Social connectedness

This measure relates to:
Te OrangaMaurioraWaioraToioraTe Mana Whakahaere
"I'd like to see you concentrating on what's going to be required for older people as the population ages and the number of older people increases. Good access to buildings, footpaths without things in the way, continue to have 0800 #s for older people to access information, work collaboratively with health providers, particularly in local areas, e.g. be involved with the GP clusters that are part of the DHB's primary care strategy. Look at how you can be involved in reducing social isolation, particularly relating to older people."  [City Health Profile participant]

Close and supportive relationships with others are associated with better health and wellbeing, low crime, higher educational achievement, economic growth, and other positive benefits.  These relationships could be with family, whanau, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and those we meet through sport and leisure activities, voluntary work and community service. Fears about crime and personal safety that keep people indoors, and reduce community participation, also deplete social connectedness.

In 2010 the vast majority of Christchurch residents reported that they had rarely felt isolated or lonely over the past twelve months.  Fewer than 2% said they were lonely most or all of the time.

Some groups are more likely to feel lonely. Older people (65+) and women were more likely to report feeling isolated at least some of the time, and 9% of Māori in Christchurch reported that they felt isolated "always" or "most of the time".

Read the full issue summary on social connectedness [PDF] - updated September 2016.

"I think as I have children at school I get to feel part of my community. They have events and sports which bring people together. Working in the library I see people meeting up and being part of the community there."  [City Health Profile participant]