Connecting Communities for 20 years
Help address loneliness across Australia and build the communities you want to live in, one relationship at a time.
27 March 2022
Neighbour Day is Relationships Australia’s social connection campaign. It aims to support and enable sustainable respectful relationships across communities, while also helping to address loneliness across the nation.
Celebrations can occur at anytime throughout the year however Neighbour Day is noted annually as the last Sunday in March.
Learn more about why and how to get involved in Neighbour Day.
Why get involved in Neighbour Day?
Social isolation and loneliness can affect any person at any stage of life and having strong community connections can be life changing.
While the answers to loneliness may not be straightforward, having a variety of strong and supportive relationships is foundational to creating resilient individuals and communities.
Actively encouraging social connection and building connected communities provides a path to increased sustainable respectful relationships, and a long-term solution to ending loneliness.
Getting involved in Neighbour Day events and actions provides an opportunity to shift the tide from social isolation to social connection, through building respectful relationships and connected communities.
Independent evaluations show that people who get involved in Neighbour Day experience improvements to their mental health and wellbeing and reduced feelings of loneliness. These findings persisted six months on from the day (see our research page for more information).
Some key outcomes of the independent evaluations show:
- Neighbour Day improves mental health and wellbeing – as a result of the support networks Neighbour Day fosters, respondents report improvements to mental health and wellbeing (2020 report)
- Neighbour Day reduces loneliness – respondents levels of loneliness show statistically significant reductions six months on from the day (2020 report)
- Neighbour Day creates enhanced perceptions of their neighbourhood environment – evaluations show a significant positive change in perceptions of their neighbourhood quality after involvement in the campaign (2019 report)
- Neighbour Day improves people’s sense of belonging - evaluations show a significant positive change in sense of belonging after involvement in the campaign (2019 report)
- Neighbour Day facilitates social connections – 99% connection of respondents have engaged with their neighbours in tangible ways since the day (2020 report)
- Neighbour Day creates more localised social support networks that people have relied on in challenging times – 81% of people involved in Neighbour Day said they would rely on their neighbours if they had to self-isolate (2020 report)
- Neighbour Day expands people’s circles of support - 80% said their neighbours had already been a source of support during 2020 (2020 report)
- Neighbour Day reaches disconnected communities - before participating in Neighbour Day, 42% did not know their neighbours (2020 report)
- Neighbour Day improves relationships between neighbours and communities – 85% agreed that after participating, they had stronger relationships with their neighbours
- Neighbour Day improves social capital – participants report personal growth; such as better physical health, mental health and feelings of safety or support
- Neighbour Day improves social inclusion and community wellbeing - participants report improved community wellbeing; such as helping create a strong community, showing support for others, connecting with elderly/vulnerable people
- Neighbour Day increases community capacity to create connections – participants report increased community ownership of the event and hosts learning from previous events has led individuals and organisations to establish long-term engagement with the campaign and the community.
Getting involved in Neighbour Day is beneficial for individuals and communities alike.
- Raise awareness about loneliness and the importance of social connection,
- Support and encourage people to make and sustain sustainable and respectful connections with the people around them,
- Contribute to positive individual mental health outcomes and general community outcomes,
- Build the connected, resilient, communities you want to live in today, tomorrow and beyond.
Jump onto our Get Involved page for more information
Why get involved
How to get involved
Connecting Communities for 20 years
Neighbour Day has progressed from a reminder to connect with elderly neighbours, to an annual celebration of respectful relationships and strong communities.
Help us celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Neighbour Day and build the communities you want to live in.
Every where. Ending loneliness.
Loneliness can affect anyone, at any time throughout their lives, and addressing loneliness across Australia is everybody’s business.
Let’s work together to shift the tide and help create the Australia we all want to live in.
An Australia brimming with respectful relationships and connected communities.
We have developed a number of free resources to help you create sustainable connections with your neighbours and your community.
Click the following links for the resources that are relevant to you or your organisation.
These resources are for individuals wishing to celebrate, promote and participate in Neighbour Day. Help build the communities you want to live in.
Workplaces are a fantastic place to increase and encourage social connection. If you’re looking at celebrating, promoting or participating in Neighbour Day as a workplace, these resources are for you.
Community organisations are such a vital part of our collective society. If you’re a community organisation wanting to celebrate, promote or participate in Neighbour Day, then these resources are for you.
Many councils around Australia support, celebrate and participate in Neighbour Day every year. As the backbone of so many communities around Australia, Councils – these resources are for you.
Relationships Australia works in a variety of ways to support respectful relationships across Australia.
With three key pillars at the national level, we provide services and supports to all people, to enable sustainable respectful relationships.
Broadly, Relationships Australia advocates and promotes the importance of respectful relationships with respect to positive individual mental health outcomes and general community outcomes.
Our research is relevant and purposeful, and further enables us to provide our ongoing trusted services and supports
We support the development and nurturing of respectful relationships, which has proven to be a crucial foundation for mental health, general wellbeing, and overall resilience.
Relationships Australia has, for over 70 years, providing a range of relationship services to Australian families, including individual, couple and family group counselling, dispute resolution, services to older people, children’s services, services for victims and perpetrators of family violence, and relationship and professional education. We aim to support all people in Australia to live with positive and respectful relationships and believe that people have the capacity to change how they relate to others and develop better health and wellbeing. For access to services near you, click here.
We respect the rights of all people, in all their diversity, to live life fully and meaningfully within their families and communities with dignity and safety, and to enjoy respectful relationships. A commitment to fundamental human rights, to be recognised universally and without discrimination, underpins our work.
Relationships Australia is committed to:
- Working in regional, rural and remote areas, recognising that there are fewer resources available to people in these areas and that they live with pressures, complexities and uncertainties not experienced by those living in cities and regional centres.
- Collaboration. We work collectively with local and peak body organisations to deliver a spectrum of prevention, early and tertiary intervention programs with people of all genders, including older people, young people and children. We recognise that some families need a complex suite of supports (for example, family support programs, mental health services, gambling services, drug and alcohol services, and housing).
- Enriching family relationships, and encouraging clear and respectful communication.
- Ensuring that services are accessible, including ensuring that social and financial disadvantage is no barrier to accessing services.
- Contributing its practice evidence and skills to research projects, the development of public policy, and the provision of compassionate and effective supports to families.
- Supporting social connection and the building of sustainable respectful relationships through our social connection campaign, Neighbour Day.
We advocate for respectful relationships across all levels of society. Relationships Australia advocates across many stakeholder groups via policy, research, media and community engagement.
On issues impacting the work of Relationships Australia and the broader sector, Relationships Australia engages in ongoing advocacy with relevant Government departments and key stakeholders at the national, state and local levels.
As an important component of this advocacy, Relationships Australia engages with a range of Parliamentary Inquiries, Royal Commissions and other government consultations. Drawing on the expertise and experience of practitioners across the country, and building on evidence collected over 70 years of delivering services to vulnerable Australians, we are proud to contribute to the development of public policy in Australia supporting the provision of compassionate and effective services for families.
We also enjoy a positive working relationship with media outlets across the country, contributing practice experience and insights to inform the national discussion on topics impacting our clients and all Australians.
We conduct relevant research across a broad range of topics in regards to relationships. At times we partner with universities and other organisations, working locally and internationally to support further understandings of relationships.
Relationships Australia is committed to research and the use of data and practice evidence to inform Australia’s social policy landscape. Through a combination of unique research projects and partnerships with universities, we are proud to contribute our skills and experience to enhance the understanding of issues impacting Australians.
In addition to formal studies, Relationships Australia runs surveys throughout the year on topics of relevance to our clients and all Australians. Results from these surveys inform further understanding around key areas of interest at timely points in Australia’s history.
Relationships Australia believes that a strong commitment to data and evidence-informed policy and service design will generate the best outcomes for Australia and Australians.
For more information on Relationships Australia and the range of services we provide please visit our website