Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood. City of Palmerston is a safe and family-friendly community where everyone belongs. Research shows that communities where people know each other have better mental health, are safer, and are more resilient.
Neighbour Day falls on Sunday 27 March 2022 and this year knowing your neighbours, and your border community has never been more important.
City of Palmerston is encouraging members of the community to reach out and offer a message of support to their neighbours, particularly those who might be isolated or vulnerable. Pick up a connection card from Palmerston Library, Civic Plaza, or the Palmerston Recreation Centre from Tuesday 1 March or you can download it here and print as many as you need.
5 Steps to Being Neighbourly
Some people find it difficult to build relationships. This Neighbour Day, encourage members of your community to use these 5 simple tips to establish respectful relationships with those around them.
1. Start with a smile - Make it a habit to flash a friendly smile or say hello.
2. The initial chat - Strike up a conversation with a genuine compliment or a query, as this can be a great icebreaker.
3. Follow Up - Next time you catch each other, follow up on what you spoke about last time. This shows your interest and people will generally appreciate feeling listened to.
4. Kind Gestures - Kind gestures help build positive connections, so consider what you might be able to offer. Eg. Bring in their bins, water their garden or share cuttings.
5. Host your event - Organise a Neighbour Day get together or engage in a neighbourly action. These can be physical or adapted to virtual events depending on the local restrictions.
To keep everyone safe, keep abreast of the current public health advice relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and local restrictions.