Very Neighbourly Organisations

National

Neighbours take time to check in with people who might not be doing so well.

Check out R U OK?’s tips on how to start a conversation with your neighbour.

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A stranger’s just a friend you haven’t met, right? The more neighbours you know, the more mates you’ll have to reach out to for fun times (and in tough times). Check out ReachOut.com’s tips on starting a convo with someone you don’t know.

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Conservation Volunteers – Volunteering is a great way to meet the neighbours, support healthy communities and have fun. Find out how you can be involved with Conservation Volunteers Australia.

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Connecting newly arrived and established Australians over a potluck meal in a local home. To join as a host or participant, register here.

Pet Guardians is a very neighbourly online social enterprise where you can save money on pet and vet supplies – all while helping a pet in need – and putting a smile on an aged-pensioner’s face! All profits are returned to the community. Find out more…

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Sing Australia accepts that everyone can sing and it makes no judgement on how well that happens.

It is inclusive and welcoming of everyone, with singing groups meeting weekly across Australia and performing at community events.
Find out more…

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Orange Sky has 13 vehicles around Australia, providing a free laundry service and showers for people living on the street.

More importantly, Orange Sky offers a platform for over 1300 hours of genuine and non-judgemental conversations between our homeless friends and everyday volunteers every week.

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SBS celebrates diversity and contributes to the social inclusion and cross-cultural understanding of all Australians – linguistically, sociologically and culturally.
A national broadcaster of multicultural and multilingual programming in over 100 languages; SBS has more than 7 million viewers each week in neighbourhoods and communities across Australia.
www.sbs.com.au/aboutus/our-story/

Garage Sale Trail is a free festival of over 10,000 garage sales, powered by 150 local councils and the people of Australia.
You can declutter, fundraise, meet a few locals, find treasure and have a whole lotta fun! Get involved!
www.garagesaletrail.com.au

Nabo is the private, local social network used in more than 7,900 suburbs across Australia that helps neighbours get to know each other and get the best out of their local community.
www.nabo.com.au

State/territory

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Since 1928 the Country Women’s Association of Victoria has worked to improve social conditions in rural and urban areas, particularly supporting women and children.  The Country Women’s Association of Victoria is a place for friendship and personal development.

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The Country Education Foundation helps rural and regional students to pursue study and job opportunities. Education changes lives. And families. And communities.

Check out their neighbourly investment in the future.

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Being active, having a sense of belonging and a purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health.  Check out the Act Belong Commit website for tips and a quiz to rate your involvement in mentally healthy activities and find activities in your area (WA only).

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Getting young people active in life. Developing skills, character and leadership. Supporting safe and healthy neighbourhoods in NSW.    Click here to find the nearest club in your neighbourhood.

Befriend is a Perth-based social enterprise with a vision of an inclusive, connected world. The Befriend Social Network connects people from diverse backgrounds through inclusive social gatherings and events of all shapes and sizes. Click for more info.

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Housing Choices Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation working closely with residents, local business, service providers and the general community to support inclusive communities and thriving neighbourhoods . Click here to find out more.

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Community Justice Centres (NSW)

CJC’s free mediation service helps neighbours and community groups to build and strengthen relationships by assisting them to problem-solve and cooperate when dealing with disputes and other challenges. As part of the NSW Department of Justice, CJC is contributing to more harmonious neighbourhoods.

Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland (MIFQ) provides specialist community mental health support to people living with mental illness, families, carers and workplaces across metropolitan, regional and rural Queensland. Click here for more information.

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FSG Australia (FSGA) is a for – purpose community organization offering a wide range of innovative community services, determined as ever to achieve their vision for a community that connects with all people free from social injustice .

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The NSW Elder Abuse Helpline & Resource Unit provides information, support and referrals; is confidential;  and callers remain anonymous.The Helpline believes in the power of community – many older people across NSW are assisted, thanks to concerned neighbours who call the Helpline.

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Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation advancing the rights, needs and futures of people as they age. COTA helps create a more just, equitable and caring community in which older people are actively involved, with access to appropriate support, services and care.
www.cotaqld.org.au

Regional/Local

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Sustainable Neighbourhood groups work together with neighbours to care for the natural environment, encourage sustainability, and foster resilient and caring communities. The Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhood Alliance supports over 15 groups in Lake Macquarie, NSW.

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The City of Albany (WA)  encourages everyone to get to know their neighbours so they feel safe and connected to their communities. Click here to find out how you can be involved this Neighbour Day.

Brimbank City Council supports Neighbour Day as it helps us create a welcoming community where everyone feels safe, connected and there’s strong relationships between neighbours. Click to find out more.

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Monash is a culturally diverse community in Melbourne’s south-east suburbs, a place that welcomes people of different faiths, traditions and cultures. The Council plays a role in bringing people together .

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Shellharbour City Council celebrates good neighbours and good relationships to promote and encourage social connection within local communities. Annually they host  Good Neighbour Awards and events where residents are encouraged to recognise and celebrate their neighbours within Shellharbour City.

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The City of Cockburn (WA) creates opportunities for the Cockburn community to get to know their neighbours and build strong, vibrant and connected communities.They Celebrate Cockburn each year in creative ways and encourage residents to identify what they love about their city.

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Sunbury Community Health are passionately engaged with people to support each other and build community.They focus on the factors that actually predict whether someone is healthy, like strong families and social cohesion.

A community is stronger when everyone finds belonging.

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Lane Cove Council wants neighbours to love where they live so they’ve created resources and events to celebrate the ‘village feel’ that makes Lane Cove a great place to live, work and play. Feel free to drop by and take a look at what they’re up to