We know from a range of studies that helping others has both community and personal benefits. Social connection prevents loneliness, isolation and depression. We also know that positive relationships with the people around us can and do change communities.
For some people, taking the first step to making connections with neighbours can be daunting. The Neighbour Day team have come up with some Very Neighbourly Tips to help you reach out and build relationships with the people around you.
According to Neighbour Day Ambassador, social researcher and author Hugh Mackay, neighbours don’t have to be best friends – but the role of a neighbour is a distinct and precious one. Knowing the people around us increases our sense of emotional security and physical safety, and our local neighbourhood networks help to define and sustain us – in both the good times and challenging moments of our lives.