What is Neighbour Day?
Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood.
Whether through a cuppa, a picnic in the park, or a message of support; Neighbour Day is the perfect opportunity to say thanks for being a great neighbour and for being there when I needed you most.
“I had always wanted to have a great connected neighbourhood but didn’t really know where to start. Neighbour Day gave me ideas, tools and an excuse to get on with it. Most people say they have been meaning to get to know their neighbours, but many don’t get around to it. Neighbour Day gives a time frame and a sense of urgency.” Neighbour Day 2016 host
Neighbour Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in March every year with the aim of fostering strong personal connections that last the whole year round. Every day can be neighbour day.
In 2017, Neighbour Day falls on Sunday 26 March.
The principal aim of Neighbour Day is to build better relationships with the people who live around us, especially the elderly and vulnerable. Neighbours are important because good relationships with others can and do change communities. Social connection also makes us feel better as it helps prevent loneliness, isolation and depression. Neighbour Day brings together like-minded people, resources, and organisations to grow stronger, well connected communities.
Responsibility for Australia’s Neighbour Day is about everyone; every person, in every community. We want to work with individuals, families, neighbourhoods, communities and organisations to help grow Neighbour Day, so that we can all live the in communities that are welcoming, kind, and supportive. More…
Responsibility for Neighbour Day was assumed by Relationships Australia on 1 January 2014. The wonderful thing about Neighbour Day is that it’s a community movement; and it is communities that help to spread the word about Neighbour Day and join in Neighbour Day celebrations.
Winners of the ‘my neighbours, my neighbourhood’ drawing competition
We know that well connected communities exist all over Australia, but what do they look like to different people?
The Neighbour Day ‘my neighbours, my neighbourhood’ drawing competition invited people of all ages to draw a picture showing what makes their neighbours special or what makes their neighbourhood a great place to live.
The Neighbour Day team received many wonderful entries, and those selected as the winners illustrated welcoming, inclusive and diverse communities.
8 year-old Annie, who won 2nd place in the Under 15 category, drew a picture of her neighbours with the caption “I love my neighbourhood because my neighbours are friendly.”
The winners for each category are:
1st Place: Esther, age 8
2nd Place: Annie, age 8
3rd Place: Felicity, age 11
1st Place: Phillip
2nd Place: Karen
3rd Place: David
To view all the winning entries, click here.
We encourage everyone organising a Neighbour Day event, or planning on doing something neighbourly, to register your action. By registering you are putting up your hand to show that you, and your neighbours want to create something. Connected, healthy and resilient neighbourhoods. It takes less than 30 seconds to register with our new online form!
By registering, you:
- get access our FREE resource e-kit to help make organising your event easy
- help us to see where and how many people have caught the Neighbour Day bug
- keep up to date on neighbourly news and ideas
- go into the national draw to win 1 of 20 $100 supermarket vouchers,
as well as some other very neighbourly gifts!
If you prefer not to register your support, you can still access the Neighbour Day resource e-kit.