News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, November 7, 2019
Surry to share survey results at community event
Sat., Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m., Surry Elementary School

The Town of Surry has completed its first Neighbors Helping Neighbors community-wide survey to better understand residents’ needs for services and programs that will help them age safely and comfortably in their homes.

According to the survey results, the great majority of Surry residents are personally mobile, drive themselves and live in homes that are warm throughout the winter. They are not food insecure and are willing and able to volunteer to help neighbors who may face challenges in various areas of their lives.

The survey responses did indicate that there are opportunities for actions that would help improve the quality of life for many residents and provide helping hands, as some tasks prove difficult with age. More than 20 percent of respondents would like more interactions with their neighbors. Over 30 percent would appreciate help in areas such as minor home chores and repairs, transportation or tech help. Another 30 percent are aware of neighbors who could use such assistance. And, 25 percent of individuals completing the survey live alone. Of those, a number of respondents indicated they did not have anyone to call in a personal emergency.

At a community-wide event titled Surry Connects, the Neighbors Helping Neighbors group will share the survey data and provide a forum for residents to suggest programs and services to address the needs uncovered by this initiative. The event will be held Saturday, November 16, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Surry Elementary School. A number of community organizations will be present to share information on services available to Surry residents. Children’s activities will also be offered.

Surry joined the Age-Friendly Coastal Communities initiative earlier this year, which the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program falls under. The program’s intent is to match available resources and neighborhood volunteers with community members who can benefit from services.

For more information, contact Selectman Betsy Armstrong at the Surry Town Office, 667-5912.