Neighbour Day is a national celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood. It is celebrated on the last Sunday in March every year with the aim of fostering strong personal connections that last the whole year round. Neighbour Day brings together like-minded people, resources, and organisations to grow stronger, well connected communities. Social connection also makes us feel better as it helps prevent loneliness, isolation and depression.
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.
Whether through a street party, a smile and a wave, or inviting your neighbour over for a cuppa, Neighbour Day is the perfect opportunity to say thanks for being a great neighbour and for being there to lend a hand. For more information, the website for Neighbour Day can be found here.
Tips for Being Neighbourly
- Start simply with a smile – this can lead to a friendly hello and conversation.
- Take an elderly person shopping
- Share surplus fruit and veggies from your garden
- Help a neighbour to put out or collect their bins
- Visit a neighbour you haven’t met before
- Help a new neighbour to connect with the community
- Share some home cooking as a welcome to a new neighbour or a friendly gesture to neighbours you already know.
- Donate to community and neighbourhood houses
- Exchange phone numbers and let your neighbours know you are happy to be of assistance in case of emergency.
- Ask a neighbour to join you on a walk or accompany them to Fitness in the Park
- Offer to help a neighbour with children to do shopping or take children to the park
- Ask own children to volunteer to help neighbours
- Introduce new neighbours to other residents.
For more tips on how to be a great neighbour, click here.
Relationships Australia has managed Neighbour Day since January 2014.