And that was Neighbour Day 2019

By Sam Robinson, Neighbour Day Campaign Manager It was a huge year for Neighbour Day in 2019, with communities from all corners of Australia participating in variety of neighbourly events, from garage sales to street libraries to barbeques, parties, and even street art installations. The theme for Neighbour Day this year was: Loneliness: what neighbours can…

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What Neighbours Can Do to Create Connections

By Nick Tebbey, National Executive Officer Relationships Australia Neighbour Day is finally upon us, and I am excited to see how it has been embraced around the country as many Australians, from a variety of backgrounds, join in the Loneliness Challenge. This year’s Neighbour Day theme has shown just how important relationships and connection can…

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The importance of neighbours in emergencies

By Jamie Devenish, Manager of Emergency Management Planning at the Victorian SES In 2018, members of three emergency management agencies: Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES), Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Red Cross, attended an inspiring presentation in Melbourne from visiting US researcher Dr Daniel Aldrich on the importance of social capital in disasters. Following the…

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A different kind of happy hour

By Gina Olivieri I recently got interested in positive psychology. What’s that? Think of it as the study of the stuff you can do to be happier, the stuff that makes life better, rather than mainstream psychology which focuses on defining and fixing mental illness. Positive psychology is interested in positive interventions – things you…

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How to host a Neighbour Day event

By Sam Robinson, Neighbour Day Campaign Manager Every year, hundreds of communities throughout Australia host Neighbour Day events – from large events hosted by many enthusiastic local councils, to small backyard gatherings with a few neighbours keen to connect with each other. We have been asking many Neighbour Day hosts and participants about their experience…

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Challenging Loneliness

By Nick Tebbey, National Executive Officer Relationships Australia Today Neighbour Day is issuing a Loneliness Challenge to all Australians.  We are asking everyone to help end loneliness in their neighbourhood by committing to create a connection with someone in their local community each week this March. It could be a small action – a few…

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Finding companionship in volunteering

By Sonia Oke, Conservation Volunteers Australia and New Zealand Every year, tens of thousands of people volunteer across Australia to help to conserve special places. If you asked someone what they think Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) is about, they’d probably tell you that it’s about volunteers doing good things for the environment – and don’t get…

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