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Chillin' on the Verandah


For many the holiday season is a time for fun, food, family and friends. It’s also a good opportunity to think about those around us. If you live near people who may be feeling isolated, lonely or vulnerable around Christmas, check in with them, and perhaps include them in your own festivities. Whether you actively celebrate Christmas and New Year or just take a few days off over the festive season, we encourage you to connect with your neighbours and share some joy.

In this 3rd edition, we chill out with Neighbour Day Ambassador Julie Goodwin on the verandah at Julie’s Place where she shares some of her thoughts on family, neighbours and favourite holiday recipes. The word in the neighbourhood is that Neighbour Day Ambassador Costa Georgiadis is up to something - and we share his latest music (!) video.

We also invite every Mayor and council in Australia to get involved in Neighbour Day; we have our new FREE EKits ready to help make being neighbourly easy; and some helpful clues on how to manage holiday stress.


Neighbour Day Ambassador Julie Goodwin on the verandah...

We Aussies love our food, and in my view there is no better way to bring people together than over a good meal. Food is a big part of the holiday season; it connects us, it nourishes us, and the sharing experience creates wonderful memories of being together.

I think it’s important to reach out and connect with the people around you and find simple ways to include those in your neighbourhood who may not have family or friends to share the festive season with. Getting together can transform and strengthen the relationships with the people around us, whether over a simple cuppa and a biscuit, or a fine meal.

At this time of year everyone asks me what my favourite dishes are. I guess my recipe focus this year has been on my latest cookbook Homemade Takeaway which teaches people how to make their family’s favourite takeaway  meals from scratch, with fresh ingredients. You are very welcome to visit my website to find more easy and delicious recipes to share with your family, friends and neighbours over the holidays - and of course check out Neighbour Day for a few easy and tasty top picks.

I wish you, and those around you, a safe, happy, delicious and very neighbourly festive season.
Julie x  


What the ... ?!!

Check out Neighbour Day Ambassador Costa Georgiadis' latest music (!) video – down and dirty! The word in the neighbourhood is that Costa will be live on stage at the Sydney Opera House in late January in Dirtgirl’s Get Grubby Musical. We can’t wait! #down&dirty


Every neighbourly Mayor and local council in Australia is invited...

This year we decided to pull out all the stops and make the effort to personally invite every Mayor (or equivalent) and their local council to get involved in Neighbour Day - yes - all 568 of them!!

Councils play an important role in our communities in catalysing social connection, inclusion and general neighbourliness. We also included a How to card for councils to get involved, and changed our registration process so councils can now register and access a special FREE Ekit tailored just for them.

We sincerely thank the many councils which already utilise Neighbour Day as another tool to help grow inclusive, compassionate and resilient communities.

Thanks also go to Very Neighbourly Organisations Lane Cove Council, NSW; City of Albany, WA; and Brimbank City Council, VIC for their ongoing support. Another fantastic council recently told us that they are making March Neighbour Month and will link in Earth Hour, Harmony Day, Seniors’ Week, and a number of other community events to this very neighbourly theme. What a great idea!

Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim (pictured above) and her team at Darwin City Council opened three public swimming pools for Neighbour  Day 2015 free to the community. Very neighbourly we reckon!

We look forward to more councils coming on board, registering their support and promoting involvement in Neighbour Day and general neighbourliness.


Our gift to you...

Our 2015 gift to you is the Neighbour Day updated website with ideas about how to get involved both now and for Neighbour Day 2016. You can register on the Neighbour Day website to access the NEW FREE downloadable Neighbour Day Ekits – for hosts; for the workplace; and for Councils and community organisations. When you register you can also let us know if you will be celebrating on the day (Easter Sunday), or another day that suits you and your neighbours better. You can also tell us if you plan to promote the Neighbour Day celebrations and/or participate!

Practice makes perfect...

Because every day is Neighbour Day, why not host a casual Neighbour Day ‘warm-up’ event over the holiday period? There is everything you need in the Neighbour Day Ekit and we’ve heard about a few neighbourly activities already planned over the December / January period.

You could test-run our new calling cards (pictured) and drop a few neighbourly messages in to your neighbours; or perhaps send out some of our new Neighbour Day Ecards. We would love to hear about whatever you decide to do - visit us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Register to access your free kit which includes calling cards and Ecards.

The home of Neighbour Day ... In your neighbourhood

As the home of Neighbour Day Relationships Australia has put together some useful contacts for when you may need extra support and also for when you just might be looking for some different ways to connect with and support your community. The listing will continue to grow as we link with more great neighbourly organisations.  Visit ‘In your neighbourhood’.

Relationships Australia Victoria has also shared some great tips for a stress free Christmas which we can probably all use!   

All of us here at Relationships Australia and Neighbour Day wish you a safe, peaceful and very neighbourly holiday season.

The community you want starts at your front door. ™

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