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July Edition

This edition we discuss how to stay socially connected during the cooler months, how best to connect with disadvantaged Australians and highlight some of the important upcoming days this month and next.

Spreading social warmth in winter

For many people, the change in seasons is a welcome reprieve from Australia’s hot summers, however for others; winter can mean a serious decline in opportunities for social interaction.

The lack of sunlight that comes with the winter months can leave us feeling socially withdrawn and lethargic.

The crisp air and early onset of darkness makes us less inclined to go for an evening stroll, or sit on our front verandas in the afternoon, which often serve as rich opportunities for us to connect with our neighbours and others in the community.

Winter doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. With small, simple adaptions to our lifestyles we can enjoy healthy social connections, year round.

If you’re feeling lethargic, make sure you’re getting an hour of daylight each day, as recommended by the Australian Psychological Society.

If you're looking for opportunities to connect, try indoor sports such as football, soccer, or netball, rug up to take your dog for a walk, or join a gym class to meet new people while keeping fit.

If exercise isn’t for you invite family, friends or neighbours over for a warm meal.

Lastly, in the winter months it’s important to check in with elderly neighbours to ensure that they’re coping with the cold weather.

Members of our community without a home

Homelessness is a debilitating situation faced by over 116,000 Australians each year.

The term ‘homeless’ encompasses a range of situations, from those who are living in severely overcrowded accommodation, to the people who are left with no optionbut sleeping on streets.

Rough sleepers endure the extremes of Australian weather but even when the temperature, the frost and the rain have lifted, the fear of being abused or having belongings stolen makes sleeping a difficult task.

Negative public perception and stigma are huge barriers to inclusiveness, which often leaves homeless people isolated or mistreated.

A recent article tackles the stigma that surrounds homeless people and encourages us to look past the stereotype associated with being homeless and instead see the human being.

Rough sleepers are people, just like all of us; but have likely suffered family or relationship breakdown, loss of employment, intergenerational inequality or even domestic violence.

Let’s make the effort to treat everyone with kindness and as a member of our community.

Days for participation

July
  • NAIDOC Week 7-14 July
  • Bastille Day 14 July
  • World Emoji Day 17 July
  • National Pyjama Day 19 July
  • Stress Down Day 24 July
  • 28 July National Tree Day
  • 29 July to 4 August Local Government Week
  • 30 July International Day of Friendship
August
  • World breastfeeding week 1-7 August
  • Jeans for Genes Day 2 August
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day – 4 August
  • International Cat Day 8 August
  • International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 9 August
  • National Science Week 10-19 August
  • International Youth Day 12 August
  • CBCA Book Week 17 August
  • Keep Australia Beautiful Week 19-25 August
  • Daffodil Day 23 August
  • International Dog Day 26 August
  • National Meals on Wheels Day 28 August

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