Lancashire Times
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12:41 PM 24th March 2022

These Lancashire Areas Are Officially The Kindest In The County

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West Lancashire ranks highest in an index which analyses the kindness levels in Lancashire based on the number of charities per 100,000 people, percentage of recycled waste and the happiness of residents in each local authority. West Lancashire has the highest recycling rates and the most charities per 100,000 people in the county, and also boasts one of the highest happiness scores.

The research, by care experts Guardian Carers, used ONS data and the UK Government’s Register of Charities to explore the percentage of recycled waste, the number of registered charities and the levels of happiness in every local authority in Lancashire to discover which area is the most ‘caring’ of all.

RANKED: The most caring places in Lancashire
Area % of waste recycled No of registered charities Charities per 100,000 ONS happiness Score (out of 10) Overall index score
West Lancashire 48.10% 5402 4718 7.51 29.43
South Ribble 45.50% 4752 4278 7.76 28.27
Chorley 45.10% 270 227 7.96 19.86
Wyre district 44.50% 25 22 7.84 19.15
Ribble Valley 34.60% 555 895 7.57 18.60
Fylde 44.80% 73 90 7.22 18.57
Preston 31.90% 952 660 7.71 17.72
Lancaster 38.20% 442 298 7.23 17.66
Burnley 33.30% 187 209 7.37 16.63
Rossendale 34.00% 97 136 7.34 16.58
Hyndburn 35.90% 9 11 7.19 16.52
Pendle 32.50% 43 47 7.08 15.75
Lancashire average 39.00%   966 7.48 19.56

South Ribble is the second most caring area of Lancashire. In South Ribble, 45.5% of waste is recycled – well above the Lancashire average of 39% - and happiness levels score 7.76 out of 10, some of the highest rates in the county. South Ribble also has 4752 charities per 100,000 people – nearly five times the Lancashire average of 966 charities per 100,000 people, and second only to West Lancashire.

Chorley places third as the most caring area in Lancashire. Chorley’s happiness rate is the highest in the whole county, scoring 7.96 out of 10, and the area’s recycling rate is 45.1% compared to the Lancashire average of 39%. The Wyre district also fares well on the list of Lancashire’s kindest areas, with a recycling rate of 44.5% and high happiness.

A spokesperson for Guardian Carers commented on the findings:
“This data offers us a compelling insight into which areas of Lancashire dominate when it comes to kindness in terms of charity support, environmental awareness and happiness ratings, which are a key indicator of collective wellbeing and community support. Areas such as West Lancashire, South Ribble and Chorley are excellent examples of communities which promote caring for others through charity work and being conscientious about the environment and their local surroundings, and this may well be the reason for their sky-high happiness scores”.