Australians are increasingly time poor, with many households having all adults in employment, and less time for community engagement and neighbourhood connection. Fewer people know, and interact with, their neighbours and are members of community groups. The circle of people we feel we can turn to when we need a hand, or a shoulder to cry on is shrinking in all age groups. But there are lots of ways that each one of us can build bonds that improve the quality of life for everyone in our community.
Neighbour Day is Australia's annual celebration of community, bringing together the people next door, across the street or in your neighbourhood or city. Neighbour Day falls on the last Sunday in March each year.
Neighbour Day 2020
Neighbour Day occurs in March. This year we want to remind all PAE residents that social connections and support are even more important when so many (already vulnerable) people are being asked to self-isolate. Neighbour Day 2020 provides us with an opportunity to expand our connections and understanding of community and ‘neighbours’. Neighbour Day is simply a catalyst to encourage people across all communities to build and strengthen their social connections.
Given the challenges the world is currently facing regarding COVID19, we understand that getting together physically at this time may not be feasible and we encourage everyone to find other ways to connect and engage with their neighbours and communities that may not be face-to-face.
For example, this could be online/virtual connections or small acts of kindness such as leaving calling or connection cards with a kind message and your phone number for those who are isolated, so that they can call you for a chat. There are plenty of templates for this available online if you need some inspiration.
And although events might be off the table this year, we want to hear from you if you have a great neighbour.
Other ways to connect
The Neighbour Day Website is full of useful ideas about how to stay connected.
Stories from my neighbourhood
Here's some lovely stories about good neighbours in PAE.