What is Neighbour Day?
Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood.
Whether through a cuppa, a picnic in the park, or a message of support; Neighbour Day is the perfect opportunity to say thanks for being a great neighbour and for being there to lend a hand.
“I had always wanted to have a caring, connected neighbourhood but didn’t really know where to start. Neighbour Day gave me ideas, tools and an excuse to get on with it. Many people say they have been meaning to get to know their neighbours, but just don’t get around to it. Neighbour Day provides a timeframe and the support to do just that.” Neighbour Day host
Neighbour Day is officially celebrated on the last Sunday in March every year with the aim of fostering strong personal connections that last the whole year-round.
Every day can be neighbour day!
The theme for Neighbour Day 2020 is Social Connection.
COVID-19 & being neighbourly
Relationships Australia acknowledges that right across the country, Australians are facing unprecedented times. We are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic and the strength we draw from each other, from our relationships and our wider communities, has never been more important. Social distancing does not mean social disconnection!
Given the world crisis and building on our 2020 ‘Social Connection’ theme, we have transitioned early into the Neighbour Day 2021 theme.
Every day is neighbour day!
The official Neighbour Day falls on Sunday 28 March 2021, however, don’t let that stop you being neighbourly every single day.
Encouraging social connection is the essence of Neighbour Day every day.
Neighbour Day is actively encouraging Australians to realise the social, emotional and mental benefits of connecting with others, and joining and taking part in social groups (at a distance and maybe even online).
The principal aim of Neighbour Day is to build better relationships with the people who live around us, especially the elderly and vulnerable. Neighbours are important because good relationships with others can transform communities. Social connection also makes us feel better as it helps prevent loneliness, isolation and depression.
Neighbour Day brings together like-minded people, resources, and organisations to grow stronger, well-connected communities.
Responsibility for Australia’s Neighbour Day belongs to every person, in every community. We want to work with individuals, families, neighbourhoods, communities and organisations to help grow Neighbour Day so that we can all live in communities that are welcoming, kind and supportive. More…
Neighbour Day is managed by Relationships Australia.
Online registrations will open later this year for your event or neighbourly action (pending advice on COVID-19 restrictions)
If you prefer not to register your support you can download the e-kit. Individual resources will also be available for download later this year. Our COVID-19 safe Connection and Calling Cards are available for download now.