Help make the 20 year Anniversary of Neighbour Day a year to remember

Sunday 27 March 2022

 

Why you should get involved?

Because getting involved in Neighbour Day is good for you and your community.

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.

Help us:

  • 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

 

 

How to get involved

The theme for Neighbour Day 2022 is ‘Connecting Communities for 20 years’ and we’re inviting you to help us celebrate this achievement. We are also calling on you to help us build ongoing community connections across Australia to span the next 20 years.

There are many different ways to participate in Neighbour Day, whether it’s big or small – it all contributes to building respectful relationships, sustainable connections and reducing loneliness in our communities.

We have developed a number of free resources, including ideas to help you create sustainable connections with your neighbours and your community.

Individuals

Resources and information for individuals wanting to celebrate, promote and participate in Neighbour Day.

Learn more

Workplaces

If you are looking at celebrating, promoting or participating in Neighbour Day as a workplace, this is the place for you.

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Community organisations

If you’re a community organisation wanting to celebrate, promote or participate in Neighbour Day, check out our information and resources.

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Councils

As the backbone of so many communities around Australia, Councils – these resources are for you.

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Join in, connect, volunteer

We know from a range of studies that helping others has both community and personal benefits.

Social connection makes us feel better as it helps prevent loneliness and isolation.
Good relationships with others increases general wellbeing and has a wider, positive impact on communities.

The groups listed below provide a variety of opportunities to join in, connect with others and if you’re up for it, to help out by volunteering. Your local council or govolunteer.com.au may also have ideas for you to get involved.

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Offers conservation volunteering projects across the country to connect people and neighbourhoods.

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Country Women’s Association of Australia

A women’s group supporting families, especially those living in rural and remote Australia.

Visit

Neighbourhood Connect

Helping people across Australia create neighbourhood groups to encourage happier, safer and more connected communities. Because life is better when we belong.

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Men’s Shed

Find your local Men’s Shed (or start one!), hang out with a few mates, build a few things, and give back to your community.

Visit

Orange Sky Australia

Helping to positively connect our friends in need through free laundry, showers and conversation.

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R U OK?

Offers information and tools to help you connect with others.

Visit

Sing Australia

Accepts that everyone can sing and welcomes everyone.

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Thread Together

Delivers new, good quality clothing and shoes to people in our community who are doing it tough. Volunteering and intern opportunities.

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Neighbourhood Watch Australasia

Enabling safer and vibrant communities.

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Welcome Dinner Project

Connecting newly arrived Australians over a potluck meal in a local home.

Visit

Victoria State Emergency Service

(VICSES) is a volunteer-based emergency service providing essential emergency assistance to thousands of Victorians every year.

Visit

CFA

CFA is a volunteer and community-based fire emergency services organisation working closely with communities to connect and be prepared for emergencies.

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Get connected near you

Neighbour Day is a time to increase social connections. Find a physical or virtual event near you, or register to host and event.

You can also register your neighbourly actions, no matter how small.

 

How to enter our Tell Us Your Story competition

Our annual Tell us your story competition invites people across Australia to share their neighbourly stories.

Opens Thursday 27 January 2022.

How to enter our Tell us your story competition

Australians have faced, and continue to face, challenging times – bushfires, drought, floods, the COVID-19 pandemic, and for many, loneliness. The strength we draw from each other, from our relationships and our wider communities, has never been more important.

To reflect the 20 years of Connecting Communities theme for Neighbour Day 2022, we invite people to tell us their stories of connections in recent times, or perhaps over the years. These social connections may be one-off moments or regular and lasting interactions that create one to one relationships or become the starting point for an ongoing group.

Tell us your story opens Thursday 27 January 2022, with great prizes to be won!

Testimonial
“I try not to take for granted the comfort provided by so many familiar faces, the regular kerbside greetings and spontaneous gatherings that enrich each of our lives in our neighbourhood.”

TUYS 2021 Allan ACT Winner

Testimonial
“I was lonely, not feeling myself and decided to reach out. A small gesture had a huge impact on each of our mental health – and you could see the relief and joy each woman felt as they returned to their homes afterwards with their heads held high, and shoulders less slumped.”

TUYS 2021 Maria VIC Winner

 

Are you ready to connect and celebrate your community?
Register your Neighbour Day event or activities for Sunday 27th March 2021