Neighbour Day 2021 Theme
Every day is neighbour day
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Neighbour Day 2021 theme
The Neighbour Day 2021 official theme ‘Every day is neighbour day’ builds on the growing movement of people taking neighbourly actions every day of the year.
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 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.
What will Neighbour Day 2021 be like?
Right now [14Jan21], public health advice for states and territories is updated daily. For some popping into a neighbour’s place for a cuppa is possible, however for others, not advised, and possibly not allowed. Catch-ups at local parks, gyms, cafés, restaurants and bars are limited in some areas, and mask-wearing (for very good reasons) is becoming the norm in many states.
We don’t know what changes might occur between now and Neighbour Day 2021. We hope that circumstances might permit some of the traditional events of previous Neighbour Day campaigns, however, if that is not possible we all need to find other creative ways to stay connected.
More information on Relationships Australia and Neighbour Day activities and COVID-19 here.
*We recommend that people make themselves aware of the public health authorities’ advice and only take part in neighbourly actions that are safe.
Visit https://www.health.gov.au/ to stay up to date and informed, so that you can keep your neighbourhood healthy.
Get creative, get neighbourly!
Neighbour Day 2021 WILL take place on Sunday 28 March, providing all Australians with an opportunity to recognise the strength we draw from our communities, and to continue to build creative connections within neighbourhoods and wider communities*.
Whatever happens in the coming months, we encourage people to adapt and find safe and creative ways to connect.
How do we stay connected & keep everyone safe?
We all have to do our very best to get creative and make daily efforts to connect with those around us and further afield, to actively support each other – of course, taking into account the current public health advice.
Neighbour Day encourages everyone to think broadly about connection. You may feel inclined to connect with family, friends, neighbours – even people you don’t yet know.
Creativity and the courage to contribute and build your neighbourly interactions is key.
How to be involved:
We encourage you to get involved in Neighbour Day on Sunday 28 March 2021, or any day that suits you and your community!
If you are hosting an event or taking some neighbourly action:
Register to access free material to help you organise a successful Neighbour Day event or to take neighbourly actions – including posters, invitations, labels, flyers and helpful tips.
Or if you prefer not to register you are still very welcome to download our free resources.
On Social Media:
- We love seeing how people have celebrated Neighbour Day, so share your stories and photos with us via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – and remember to tag us @neighbourday
- Share a message of why you think knowing your neighbours is important.
- Share a message of why you think social connection and creating connections is important.
- Share a #CreativeConnections Tip that you’ve tried which has worked!
- Use the hashtags #NeighbourDay2021 #EverydayIsNeighbourDay #CreativeConnections
- Drop us a message with your tip on Neighbour Day Facebook or Instagram
- Download Neighbour Day 2021 Selfie Sign – Take a photo with the sign, and share the photo with us on our social media channels – AND don’t forget to tag us.
When every day became neighbour day
Relationships Australia acknowledges that right across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the lives of Australians and the strength we draw from each other, from our relationships and our wider communities, has never been more important. Changing conditions, and new directives from the government, have necessitated ongoing shifts in the way we interact.
Over the years, supporters have told us that they like Neighbour Day (as a recognised national campaign) because it gives them ‘permission’, or perhaps a legitimate ‘excuse’, to build connections with neighbours and try something neighbourly without it feeling intrusive.
When the pandemic hit Australia in early March 2020, the need to support others within our community became even more pressing. People told us that they wanted to do something, to take positive action to support their community, particularly during these uncertain times.
With that in mind, we launched our #CreativeConnections Tips to help support people to stay connected every day.
What did Neighbour Day 2020 look like?
Of those who reported that they did manage to take action for Neighbour Day 2020 of some form, the majority (81.7%) indicated that their reach tended to be on a smaller scale and between 1-20 people. Smaller events were likely due to the COVID-19 physical distancing and lockdown restrictions, resulting in the cancellation or postponement of the majority of planned events (e.g., BBQs and other food sharing activities, street parties).
A small percentage of survey respondents managed to reach a larger number of people by leaving connection cards, care packages or using social media. The community reported that they adapted and found creative ways to create connections and stay connected. Some examples below.
- Called a neighbour
- Posted on social media
- Launch social media group
- Connected through ‘group messenger’ chats
- Texted the nearby neighbours
- Started a Facebook group and Website
- Virtual morning tea
Not in person (left something / did a favour)
- Bear Hunt for children
- Boredom/Educational packs
- Buddy program for elderly
- Chalk art on driveway/footpath
- Created an art display at our local sign
- Delivered and received care packages, including cards for kids
- Exchange of unwanted kitchen appliances
- Formed a volunteer group to walk dogs
- Goods exchange
- Held colouring/poetry competition for school children
- Helped an elderly neighbour’s yard
- Left “Bags of Hugs,” a present, ‘’Appreciation Notes,” hand sanitiser, home-baked goods, contact details, treat bags, toilet roll, letters
- Made artwork for neighbouring housing building
Neighbour Day in the time of COVID-19
Initial findings from ANU’s 2020 Evaluation of Neighbour Day can be read here.
As compared to 2019, people reported that getting involved in Neighbour Day 2020 was less about having fun and meeting new people, and more about reaching out to support neighbours in the pandemic situation as well as perceived benefits for one’s own wellbeing.
Respondents described using a myriad of creative ways to connect through virtual or not-in-person means that complied with official guidance on social gathering restrictions.
Loneliness as a deficit of Social Connection
Relationships Australia’s research (2018) found that one in ten people are lacking social support or connection, while one in six experience emotional loneliness. Further, just under 1.5 million Australians report they have been lonely for a decade or more. It is a loneliness epidemic. Research tells us that this lack of social connection can have a significant impact on an individual’s mental and physical health as well as the health and cohesion of the wider community.
The Australian Government’s response to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, while necessary, has led to a deficit of social connection for many Australians.
Social connection is critical for our health and wellbeing. Social connection also makes us feel better as it helps prevent loneliness, isolation and depression. Neighbours are important because good relationships with others can transform communities.
The 2020 theme for Neighbour Day focused on Social Connection and that theme holds true for 2021 – where we continue to highlight the need for meaningful connections that happen every day.