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It's Neighbour Day month!

This edition we launch our March Loneliness Challenge, reveal our Very Neighbourly Tips and also ask for your feedback on how to improve Neighbour Day.

 #ChallengeLoneliness

This March, 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. 

It could be a small action - a few friendly words across the back fence, inviting an elderly neighbour in for a cuppa, organising a community get-together, or stopping for a chat when walking the dog.

Or it could be a grand gesture – organising a big neighbourhood BBQ, engaging the neighbours in a street fair, putting on a community concert.

The theme builds on the work done by Relationships Australia in 2018 to raise awareness of the loneliness crisis facing the nation.


This research found that one in ten people lacking social support or connection and one in six are experiencing emotional loneliness and just under 1.5 million Australians are reporting that they’ve been lonely for a decade or more.

At Neighbour Day, we believe that we can all take steps to help address this loneliness crisis and the best place to start is by reaching out to our neighbours and help them find connections in our local communities.

What will you do to #ChallengeLoneliness?
Download the selfie sign, take a pic and share your top tip on social media

Maxwell's top tip to #ChallengeLoneliness

We asked our good friend Maxwell the Staffy (Facebook & Instagram personality) to share his top tip to challenge loneliness: “Smile and say Hello 👋 It costs you nothing and can mean the world to people who need it most. I like to do this by greeting all my neighbours with joy wiggles and my big staffy smile so they stop to have a chat to my humans. Oh, and pat me and tell me I’m cute of course!”
#ChallengeLoneliness #ND2019 @maxwell.the.staffy
 

Very Neighbourly tips for 2019

This March we are sharing our Very Neighbourly Tips for how neighbours can create connections each day via our Neighbour Day Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Make sure you share them with your friends and share your own tips for neighbourly connection.
 

Can you help improve the Neighbour Day experience?

We are seeking feedback on Neighbour Day 2019 and how we can make it even better in future years.

This study is being conducted by Relationships Australia (the home of Neighbour Day) in collaboration with researchers from the Australian National University to help us evaluate the Neighbour Day Campaign. 

If you have used our resources, are holding an event or participating in one, or taking some neighbourly action for Neighbour Day, we want to hear from you.

Grab a cuppa and jump online, it’ll only take five minutes.
 
You can take the survey here

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