- Physical aspects: The kind of architecture you see around you, the amount of green space there is, how busy the traffic is and how built up the area is – all can have an impact on how happy you are at home.
- Economic aspects: Where you live determines what jobs are on offer, your work opportunities and your ability to earn money. Local amenities, shops, transport and health care also have an impact on quality of life.
- Social aspects: Some neighbourhoods are thriving, well-integrated communities with low levels of crime. Others suffer high levels of crime, anti-social behaviour and fear of violence. Whether or not you feel safe and secure at home makes a big difference to quality of life.
How can we make our neighbourhoods better?
Shelter believes that neighbourhoods can be improved by:
- funding better public transport, employment opportunities and community facilities like leisure centres, public libraries and health centres.
- developing mixed communities that provide decent accommodation of all types (private-rented, privately-owned and social housing) to suit different households.
- ensuring that all social groups (of different ethnicities, ages and cultures) feel included.
- tackling the root causes of anti-social behaviour – issues like lack of work opportunities, poverty and family breakdown.