On Sunday, March 28, Neighbour Day will see Australians celebrate community. This annual event encourages people to connect with their neighbours, a concept that became treasured after the devastating summer bushfires in late 2019/early 2020 and throughout Melbourne’s lengthy lockdown last year. It’s evident that knowing your neighbours is essential as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the lives of Australians. Neighbours aren’t just those living next door; a neighbour can be someone in your street, or in the wider community, your workplace or online. Perhaps even interstate or overseas as we have the ability to build communities outside our physical locations.
Neighbour Day is managed by Relationships Australia, who believe in the power of the Australian community to support its most vulnerable, to tackle loneliness, draw strength from one another and to work together to ensure health and safe relationships throughout the pandemic, and beyond. Social distancing does not mean social disconnection.
So, why not reach out, get creative and encourage social connection. From picking some extra herbs from your vegie patch and leaving them by your front gate with a ‘Please help yourself’ sign, to catching for a cuppa on the nature strip, anything is possible.
This year’s theme is Every Day Is Neighbour Day, which encourages everyone to complete a neighbourly action every day of the year and focuses on making meaningful connections that last beyond the day itself.