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Countdown to Neighbour Day…

With extreme weather events, summer bushfires and other community challenges across the country, it has been a tough holiday season for many. Neighbour Day acknowledges and sincerely thanks all of the community organisations, selfless volunteers and great neighbours who have helped out in difficult times.
We are delighted to announce a NEW Neighbour Day Ambassador - Hugh Mackay eminent psychologist, social researcher, columnist and author. He shares his thoughts on neighbours and social connection on the Neighbour Day website. We also warmly welcome two new Very Neighbourly Organisations – the City of Monash  and The Welcome Dinner Project. The City of Monash in Victoria is a culturally diverse community in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs, a place that welcomes people of different faiths, traditions and cultures. The Welcome Dinner Project works to connect newly arrived and established Australians over a meal in a local home.

In this edition we hang out on the verandah with Neighbour Day Founder and Ambassador Andrew Heslop who reminds us of the importance of neighbours and encourages you to celebrate your community. We also invite you to help us officially launch the Neighbour Day campaign on social media; share the benefits of registering your support of Neighbour Day and offer ten top tips to help you celebrate your neighbourhood. Finally, we want to tell you about Elevate - a very neighbourly festival in the Adelaide Hills.   

There are seven weeks left until Neighbour Day, Australia’s national celebration of community. We’re excited!

Yours in neighbourliness,
The Neighbour Day Team

On the verandah with Neighbour Day Founder & Ambassador Andrew Heslop

Our communities are only as strong as the people who live in them, which is why Neighbour Day provides a chance to pause, reflect and celebrate the people who live around us. Neighbours are vital to each other during bushfires, floods and emergencies, but everyday actions like borrowing tools, collecting the mail, taking in the recycling bin or walking the kids to school are often forgotten.

Whether you live in the city or the bush, in a house, an apartment or on a farm Neighbour Day is the day to say thanks for being a great neighbour, thanks for helping me out, and thanks for being there when I needed you most.

Working together to create healthy, tolerant and inclusive suburbs and towns must be a goal for every Australian, no matter where we live or our personal circumstances. I strongly encourage everyone to be a part of Australia’s biggest celebration of community – not just on Neighbour Day, but on every day of the year.  

Best wishes,


You are invited to the Neighbour Day social launch!

Help us flood the internet with this very neighbourly message to officially launch Neighbour Day’s 2016 campaign. Join our Ambassadors, Very Neighbourly Organisations, and other supporters across the country in this ‘virtual launch’ of Neighbour Day. Our cunning plan is to drive awareness of being neighbourly, remind people to register, and encourage more celebrations of community during March and on Neighbour Day - the last Sunday in March.

‘How to attend’….Download the launch sign and instructions, print it out and snap a pic of you (and perhaps a neighbour) and the sign at your front door (or anywhere really)!  Share on your favourite social media platform to make ‘attending the launch’ quick and easy; use #neighbourday and remember to tag us in your posts!  
Facebook : 
Twitter : @NeighbourDay
Instagram: @NeighbourDay

The official campaign launch day is Monday 29 Feb 2016 so you can post your pics on that day OR email them to them to us before the day at  Subject : LAUNCH & the location of your neighbourhood  - and we will post them on the launch day for you! Be a part of this national virtual neighbourly event!

Why register? Making neighbourly 'the new normal…'

When you visit we invite you to register to access the free E-kits. The kit is brim-full of helpful resources including posters, invitations, great ideas, flyers, calling cards, Ecards, social media information – you name it!  You can also register even if you don’t want to host an event. Some of our local champions (individuals, councils and community organisations) take on a very neighbourly role by promoting the celebration and supporting others to get involved.

REMEMBER if Easter Sunday doesn’t work for you – that’s not a problem - choose another day that suits you and your neighbours and let us know when you register!

AND just in case you were wondering, we do not share your personal information with anyone!

If for some reason you prefer not to register, do let us know or give us a call on (02) 6162 9300 and we can send you the link to the E-kits without you needing to sign up!

For those who register, your participation is counted in the national tally of this massive and growing celebration of community. We also want to know what people are doing to thank their neighbours for being so amazing!

Even if you don’t need the kit – here are twenty more reasons to register! For those registering activities or events you go into the national draw to win one of twenty $100 supermarket vouchers, as well as some other very neighbourly gifts!

Register now to access your free Neighbour Day Ekit and be counted.

10 top ideas to celebrate your community 

  1. Host a simple BBQ / sausage sizzle with neighbours
  2. Organise a game of cricket, Frisbee, soccer, boules (yes, anything really!) on the local oval
  3. Plan a ‘bring a plate’ street party
  4. Organise a Very Neighbourly Bake-Off -everyone can bring something they have baked to share and the tastiest cake could get an award
  5. Have a party on your front lawn or perhaps meet for afternoon tea in the back paddock
  6. Volunteer to help a local community organisation
  7. Enjoy a neighbourhood picnic in your favourite park
  8. Plan some Neighbour Day Games - sack races, quoits, paper planes, egg and spoon – you know the drill!
  9. Leave a Neighbour Day calling card and your contact details for elderly or vulnerable neighbours
  10. Or simply have a cup of tea or a chat with a new (or old!) neighbour.

The home of Neighbour Day ... Elevate Festival in SA

Neighbour Day is just around the corner and Relationships Australia South Australia is hosting a very neighbourly event on Saturday 27 February 2016 4-8pm at Federation Park, Gumeracha, South Australia.

The Elevate Festival is a free, family friendly, celebration of community featuring live music, entertainment, workshops, food and fun for all ages. Special guest is Sophie Thomson the South Australian gardening presenter on Gardening Australia, writer in the Sunday Mail and author of ‘From the Ground Up – a Complete Guide for South Australian Gardeners’, and is a much-loved local hero. The Elevate Film Festival will also be launched at the festival.
The Elevate project focuses on sustaining communities, families and individuals through the seasons. Much like the weather, our relationships with our families, partners, neighbours and ourselves can change over time. Relationships Australia SA offers services and resources to support help people through change.
The community you want starts at your front door™



Relationships Australia is the home of Neighbour Day
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