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February Edition (2)

In this edition, we officially launch The Café Conversations Project, share our latest Neighbourly Blog by Very Neighbourly Organisation NAPCAN ... AND the release dates for our NEW Cafés Creating Connections video series!
 
Will you take our Challenge to Create Connections in 2020?

Grab a cuppa and join us on the Verandah!

The Café Conversations Project 
Cafés Creating Connections

How often do you see patrons in a café sipping on their drinks alone, or with only the company of a mobile phone?

As natural hubs for social interaction, cafés have all the elements needed for people to create connections and to share great conversations. With a little creativity, enthusiasm and preparation, cafés can tap into this opportunity to engage their customer base for a good cause. 

Introducing The Café Conversations Project, which encourages cafés to plan a range of neighbourly actions or activities in the lead up to Neighbour Day. 

We have developed an information pack with ready to use resources, ideas and inspiration to help get cafes started. These are all free when you register with The Café Conversations Project online and there are prize packs to be won.

We’d love to see cafes embracing The Café Conversations Project across the entire month of March, and hopefully on an ongoing basis for the rest of the year.  More than thirty cafés across Australia have registered already!
 
Not a café?
Why not do a ‘pop up’ café in your street or school or community centre?
Or perhaps just encourage your favourite local café to join in! Find out more

Children need friendly communities 

More and more, research is showing that being kind to children is more than just a nice idea. Our latest Neighbourly Blog from Very Neighbourly Organisation NAPCAN explains why small actions do count and how every one of us can play a part in shaping the life of a child. Read the full blog here.

Cafés Creating Connections – Video series launch dates! 

Last edition, we gave you a sneak peak of the film set at The Pear café.

The videos are set at The Pear (in the Adelaide suburb of Alberton) who were the national winners of the  Tell Us Your Story Competition for Neighbour Day 2019. The local Alberton community joined in and we can’t wait to share these videos with you!
 
There are four episodes and a full-length version – release dates below.

Episode 1 Tuesday 3 Mar    How a café touches the lives of people it serves
Episode 2 Thursday 5 Mar   How a café can strengthen the lives of people it serves
Episode 3 Tuesday 10 Mar  How a café can connect the community it serves
Episode 4 Thursday 12 Mar How a café can support the people it serves
Full video  Tuesday 17 Mar  ‘Cafés Creating Connections’

We have a few special guests in the videos.
Can you spot them?

Image: Very Neighbourly VICSES people taking the #CreateConnections Challenge

Neighbour Day Challenges Australia to Create Connections 

Volumes of research and many of our past issues have revealed the extent and seriousness of Australia’s loneliness epidemic.

In 2020, Neighbour Day is looking to flip the loneliness discussion and start focusing on solutions. That is, we want all Australians to focus on the importance of belonging – to start people thinking about how they can put their energy into creating positive and meaningful social connections outside of their regular groups and relationships.
 
We’re asking everyone to connect with someone in their local community each week up until Neighbour Day on 29 March, and beyond.
 
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 larger scale gesture – organising a big neighbourhood BBQ, engaging the neighbours in a street fair, or putting on a community concert.
 
Go on! You know you want to!

Challenge yourself to #CreateConnections
 

Image: Very Neighbourly Conservation Volunteers Australia taking the #CreateConnections Challenge

How to create connections 

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

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

Days for Participation

February
Heart Research Month 
National Wear Red Day  - 1
Safe Internet Day -
National Pet Adoption Day  - 9
International Asperger's Day - 18

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
National Playgroup Week - 24-30
Earth Hour - 28
Neighbour Day - 29
 

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