When buyers are looking for a new home, they think about more than just the house. People want to find themselves in a local area that makes them feel at home. When you live in an area that has a vibrant community, you become part of something bigger, and this is the sort of life that many people are keen to build for themselves.
We are pleased to say there is a great sense of community spirit in Forest Hill. There are many reasons why people are buying homes in this part of London, and we think the sense of togetherness is just one of the reasons people fall in love with the local area.
Forest Hill residents are overwhelmingly generous
In an ideal world, there would be no need for food banks. Sadly, this is far from a perfect world, and food banks are a common part of local life. Like many parts of the country, there is a food bank in Forest Hill. In the run-up to Christmas, the generosity of the local community was praised, and local people and employees were called “overwhelmingly generous” in their support of those in need.
London News Online has recently shone a light on the work being carried out in the local Forest Hill community, with a report being undertaken by Grainne Cuffe, the Local Democracy Correspondent.
Grainne spoke to one of the people who works at the local food back, Sheena, who was fundraising in Tesco before Christmas. Sheena said; “People were very supportive – it was the exception that wasn’t supportive of helping people that come to a food bank. They understood that it’s quite stigmatising and not really something that anybody would want to do. Also, people came to us and said I used a food bank and thank you for helping me at that time – I lost my job, or there was a delay in my benefit payments. It could be anyone.”
Foodbank usage in Lewisham is on the rise
The report pointed out that in the past year in Lewisham, there has been a 20% increase in the usage of food banks. This shouldn’t be a surprise, because it is the same story across the United Kingdom. In 2014, the number of food parcels passed out in the UK stood at 492,641; but in 2019, this figure had risen to 823,145.
There are many reasons why food banks exist these days and why people need to use them. There is an argument there should be more support for people who have to rely on food banks to live, but when there are people in need in the local community, you cannot fault people and groups for stepping up and helping.
The support of food banks in Forest Hill isn’t out of the ordinary; you will find food banks are supported across the country. However, the show of support isn’t out of the ordinary either, because Forest Hill is an area where people belong, and they want to look after others. Anyone looking for a home in a fantastic part of London that makes them feel amongst people will find Forest Hill has a lot to offer.
At Hunters Forest Hill, we know letting property is challenging, but we are here to assist you in the process. If you aim to buy, sell, let your home or rent property, we are active in New Cross, Peckham, Dulwich and Brockley, in addition to Forest Hill, so get in touch with one of the top three agents in London, and we will be happy to assist you.