What is Neighbour Day?

 

Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with their neighbours. Neighbours matter (whether near, far, or online), and now, more than ever, is the time to make creative connections and to stay connected.

Knowing your neighbours, and your broader community has never been more important.  Relationships Australia as the home of Neighbour Day believes in the power of the Australian community to support its most vulnerable, to tackle loneliness, and to work together to ensure healthy and safe relationships throughout the pandemic, and beyond.

We are asking everyone to get creative, reach out, and to encourage social connection. 

Connected people connect communities.

Whether through a cuppa, a picnic in the park, or a message of support; Neighbour Day is the perfect opportunity to reach out and connect with your neighbours.

“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

When?

Whilst Neighbour Day is officially celebrated on the last Sunday in March each year, the purpose of the campaign is to raise national awareness of the importance of social connection and neighbourly actions throughout the year. It encourages people to make meaningful connections that last beyond the day itself.

The Neighbour Day 2021 theme is ‘Every day is neighbour day’ – building on the growing movement of people taking neighbourly actions every day of the year. 

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!

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.

Check out our #CreativeConnections Tips and ‘COVID-19 safe versions of connection and calling cards.

Encouraging social connection is the essence of Neighbour Day every day.

Why?

The principal aim of Neighbour Day is to increase positive and sustainable social connections between people and communities throughout Australia. In doing so, Relationships Australia as the home of Neighbour Day aims to support healthy relationships and assist in tackling the loneliness epidemic in this nation.

Neighbour Day brings together like-minded people, resources, and organisations to grow stronger, well-connected communities.

Who?

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 are open for you to register your Neighbour Day promotion, event or neighbourly action.  

If you prefer not to register your support you can still download the free e-kit and individual resources here.