‘The community you want starts at your front door’
Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood.
Neighbour Day (an initiative of Relationships Australia), is celebrated on the last Sunday in March. It is a day when we’re encouraged to connect with, and celebrate the connections we have with, the people who live in our neighbourhood. Since 2003, Neighbour Day has progressed from a reminder to connect with elderly neighbours to an annual celebration of strong communities and friendly streets. People of all ages participate because everyone, everywhere is a neighbour no matter where you live or your personal circumstances.
Neighbour Day brings together like-minded people, resources, and organisations to grow stronger, well connected communities. Social connection makes us feel better as it helps prevent loneliness, isolation and depression.
Neighbour Day is the perfect opportunity to say thanks for being a great neighbour and for being there to lend a hand. So don’t be shy!
Create connections on Neighbour Day
Being a friendly neighbour helps create a caring community. ‘Kindness is something everyone can give’.
There are many actions, some big, some small, that you can take to help create a brighter place. You can organise a gathering of neighbours for a BBQ or a game of sport in the local park; you can introduce yourself to a new neighbour in your street; or invite a neighbour over for a chat and a cuppa.
5 WAYS TO CONNECT
For your event, you might consider a simple cuppa on the porch or perhaps something a bit bigger? What could you do?
Here’s 5 ideas to bring your neighbours together:
- Host a simple BBQ / sausage sizzle with neighbours
- Organise a game of cricket, Frisbee, soccer, boules (yes, anything really!) on the local oval
- Organise a Very Neighbourly Bake-Off -everyone can bring something they have baked to share and the tastiest creation could get an award
- Start a private online group to keep in touch and up to date
- Or simply have a cup of tea or a chat with a new (or old!) neighbour
Check out our tips for being neighbourly to help you connect with your neighbours any day of the year!
For even more information and resources, visit the Neighbour Day website.
Celebrate Neighbour Day 2020! Find ideas and resources here.