Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood.
It is celebrated on the last Sunday in March every year, Australia-wide, with the aim of fostering strong personal connections that last the whole year round. This year it falls on Sunday 31 March.
Relationships Australia has managed the Neighbour Day campaign since 2013. The principal aim is to build better relationships with the people who live around us, especially the elderly and vulnerable. Social connection makes us feel better as it helps prevent loneliness, isolation and depression.
Neighbour Day can be observed in many ways, from simply introducing yourself to your neighbours, inviting them for a cup of tea or a meal, or even organising a larger event for the whole neighbourhood, such as a picnic in the park.
The important thing is to send a message of support and strengthen the ties in our community.
Relationships Australia encourages everyone organising a Neighbour Day event to register their action online. It takes less than 30 seconds to register, and will give you access to a free resource e-kit to help organise your event. The e-kit is available even if you do not wish to organise an event.