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March Edition (1)

In this edition, we welcome three new national Very Neighbourly Organisations and publish a new Neighbourly Blog; we also announce the Tell Us Your Story winners for Neighbour Day 2020; catch you up on all things café connections related, AND a introduce a new app to help kids connect in play!
 
Given the current public health situation (coronavirus / COVID-19), we understand that some people may be required, requested or choose to self-isolate. With that in mind, we share some ideas about ways to create connections that are not face-to-face, yet will make a positive difference - and support your neighbours.
 
And of course, we have more pics of very neighbourly people across the country taking up the #CreateConnections challenge!
 
Grab a cuppa and join us on the Verandah!

Too Peas in a Podcast #CreateConnections

Check out Mandy and Kate who host the incredibly neighbourly Too Peas in Podcast. This is them at their first live podcast at The Comedy Store in Sydney on International Women's Day. They laugh (a lot) and cry (a little) as they chat with each other and their friends, about parenting kids with disabilities and special needs - and of course, create meaningful connections. Thanks, Kate and Mandy for joining in the #CreateConnections challenge!

3 New Very Neighbourly Organisations

Lendlease and their communities have been actively involved with Neighbour Day in Australia since 2016. Today we are delighted to acknowledge them as our newest Very Neighbourly Organisation. Lendlease is committed to providing places that are welcoming, foster a sense of connection and inspire residents to thrive and invest in their communities. By putting people at the heart of the places they create, they prioritise safety, inclusivity and making people feel like they belong.

 

Feros Care is all about enabling bold lives; happier, healthier, more connected. Their major initiative, Be Someone For Someone is pivotal to this, especially focussed on tackling the loneliness epidemic by creating opportunities for everyone in the community to build and enjoy meaningful, lasting connections. We are delighted to welcome them as a Very Neighbourly Organisation.

 

Finally, we welcome Playgroup Australia as a Very Neighbourly Organisation. Playgroup Australia’s vision is creating a village through play – celebrating and connecting all families and caregivers of children from pre-birth to age five.  They represent one of Australia’s largest social movements – fostering relationships between over 100,000 playgroup families nationally.  We're also proud to have Playgroup Australia on board!

Check out their video.

They also wrote our latest Neighbourly Blog - read it here.

Every day Australians are building connections  


The Neighbour Day 2020 Tell Us Your Story competition was an opportunity to recognise Australians who have gone out of their way to create connections with their neighbours.

The winners of this year’s competition highlight the myriad of ways people actually do this in real life, both in their neighbourhoods and the wider community.

You can read their very neighbourly stories here.

All things café 


Have you been watching our Cafés Creating Connections series of videos?
 
Episodes 3 and Episode 4 were released this week, with the full-length video out next week.  You can watch them on all of our social media channels and on the Neighbour Day website!
 
The Café Conversations Project is growing in popularity with more than forty cafés and ‘pop-ups’ across Australia registered to participate. It’s not too late to get involved! 

Image: We Love Aintree social enterprise café staff joining in on the very neighbourly cafe fun!  We love their work!

Digital Door Knock! 

The NEW Digital Doorknock app by Very Neighbourly Organisation Nature Play QLD is a free tool to help parents connect their kids for play where they live.

They’ve had some great take up so far, and are starting to hear positive stories about neighbours using the app to get their kids playing.   Check it out.

Creating connections in other ways… 


Neighbour Day is a great way to encourage people across all communities to build and strengthen their social connections.
 
Given the public health challenges the world is currently facing we understand that getting together physically for some people may not be feasible and that’s why we encourage everyone to find other ways to connect and engage with their neighbours and communities - that may not be face-to-face.

The need for connections and support is even more important when so many (already vulnerable) people are being asked to self-isolate. Neighbour Day 2020 is an opportunity to expand our connections and understanding of community and ‘neighbours’ in the broadest sense. Because every day is Neighbour Day!

We’ll be sharing more tips on social media in the coming weeks. Remember though, you may need to be creative - as not everyone is online!*
  1. Leave a friendly calling or connection card for your neighbour (in their letterbox or under the front door). Include your phone number and say if ever they feel like some company, they are very welcome to call you for a chat. You could also leave a toilet roll as a very neighbourly gift!
  2. For those with smartphones and/or a PC or MAC - You could start a WhatsApp group for the street section you live on and drop a card off to neighbours to see if they want to join in. It just takes someone to get it started and a great way to share messages and connect!
  3. Share neighbourly messages on your social media accounts – Maybe even post a pic with the Neighbour Day selfie-sign (Create Connections) to show the world that we are still connected despite the current public health challenges - and that we are there for each other.   
  4. Very Neighbourly Organisation Nextdoor -The Neighbourhood Hub's mission is to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighbourhood to rely on. Nextdoor can help you to stay connected during these challenging times. Find out more.

 * We recommend that people make themselves aware of the public health authorities’ advice and only do whatever neighbourly actions that they are comfortable with. 

Visit https://www.health.gov.au/ to stay up to date and informed, so that you can keep your neighbourhood healthy.

Image: This is the neighbourly team at The Neighbourhood Hub in Mackay, QLD. Their vision is a resilient, connected and empowered community and they welcome children, youth, families and culturally diverse members of the community.  Thanks for joining in the #CreateConnections challenge and for all you do! Thanks also to Very Neighbourly Organisation Queensland Families and Communities Association for encouraging their members to get involved.

Image:  Two visiting Japanese university students (studying Agriculture) creating connections with a local holistic farm management group on a fun day trip to a NSW farm!

Image above:  A very neighbourly mob of community members recently joined Relationships Australia, the home of Neighbour Day to swap stories. The group yarned about how to connect people and communities - and how together we can end loneliness.  Thanks for joining the #CreateConnections challenge and to Brisbane City Council for hosting this event!

Image below :  Federal member for Corangamite, Victoria (and her neighbour!) joined in the Create Connections Challenge and shared an easy to do tip. Thanks Libby!

How to create connections 

If you need some ideas just visit the Neighbour Day website for stories, very neighbourly tips and free resources. 

Keep an eye on Neighbour Day on social media for more tips on how to connect in ways that may not be face-to-face.  

Also, if you haven’t already, check out our Conversation Tips, and 5 Steps to Being Neighbourly!

Days to connect

March
World Compliment Day -
School Clean Up Day - 1
World Wildlife Day - 3
Parks Week 7-15
International Women's Day - 8
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - 21
Harmony Day - 21
Senior's Week ACT - 23-29 
National Playgroup Week - 24-30
Earth Hour - 28
Neighbour Day - 29
 

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