Neighbour Day 2017 theme

The main aim of Neighbour Day is to build better relationships with the people that live around us.

Every year we have a supporting theme and in 2017 we focused on the importance of social connection for the elderly. This theme was closely connected to the day’s beginnings. In 2003, Andrew Heslop founded Neighbour Day after the remains of an elderly woman were found inside her suburban home more than two years after her death.

In 2017 Neighbour Day encouraged all Australians to connect with elderly and vulnerable neighbours, to check in, say hi or offer a helping hand if needed.

Connecting with neighbours provides all of us with the opportunity to break down social barriers and reduce loneliness, isolation and depression. Good news for everyone!