Survey in ten districts shows: Low level of involvement in neighborhood-activities Survey in ten districts shows: Low level of involvement in neighborhood-activities

POSTED: 02/17/12 12:47 PM

BELVEDERE – The involvement of citizens in neighborhood activities is extremely low – around 30 percent. This appears from a survey Piet Lucas did in ten neighborhoods for the Department of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations (Bak). The complete results of the survey will be published in the next couple of weeks but Lucas revealed some highlights of the survey during last night’s meeting organized by Sunfed and concerned NGOs at the Belvedere Community Center.

Lucas said that the survey had covered ten neighborhoods and that in each neighborhood 60 people had been questioned. The survey is designed to pick up ideas about addressing community concerns.

“It appears that the highest level of involvement is with church activities,” Lucas said. Neighborhood-activities and activities for children scored remarkably lower. The survey also showed that people are insecure.

“This is difficult to measure, but in general people do not feel happy when they are working and when their children are at home alone.”

The survey showed that 60 percent of the participants earn less than 3, 000 guilders (about $1,665) per month.

“In itself that does not say much, but if you offset it against bills that have to be paid for utilities, rent and school-expenditures it becomes a different story,” Lucas said.

People in the neighborhoods had many complaints about their living environment – from poor streetlights and lacking sidewalks to sewage and traffic problems.

The survey-results will support the functioning of community help desks. These offices are designed to bring social services closer to the community.

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