- Last updated:
- 31 Mar 2021
Connected neighbourhoods lead to positive individual and family well-being with some of the potential outcomes including:
- Increased quality of life and a feeling of healthier and happier neighbourhoods.
- A feeling of being safe, engaged and having an overall sense of belonging.
- A readiness to co-operate, mutual respect and common aspirations. Localised assistance during a weather event or natural disaster.
10 great reasons to get to know your neighbours
- To have fun and celebrate.
- To hear new and interesting stories.
- To share knowledge, skills and resources.
- To learn about your neighbourhood history or create the history!
- To recognise your neighbours and learn a little about each other.
- To create a neighbourhood that is inclusive and safe.
- To collaborate and act for the benefit of neighbourhood.
- To know who might need a little extra help.
- To create a sense of belonging - a place where you feel at home.
- To welcome new people into the neighbourhood.
“There are no strangers in a healthy community.” Peter Kenyon
Tips on how to create connections with your neighbours
- Reach out and check on your neighbours and assist those who may be isolated or unable to cope, especially our older neighbours.
- Leave a contact card in your neighbour’s mailbox with your phone number and how you can help i.e. shopping or running errands. You can use council’s free downloadable postcard [143KB].
- If you can’t physically visit can you speak to your neighbours from over a fence, across balconies or from the end of the driveway?
- Join or start a community or neighbourhood page on social media.
- Walk around the neighbourhood and say G’day when you see your neighbours – a smile and a wave could be the start of a new friendship.
- Take the initiative and plan a neighbourhood gathering or project.
- Offer to help your neighbour with a job around the house or garden, or offer to share your skills.
- Drop off a meal if your neighbour has been unwell or is having a tough time.
- Be a good neighbour and a great listener, for conversation tips visit ruok.org.au
- Welcome new neighbours by introducing yourself and perhaps take over a bunch of flowers, a pot plant – anything inexpensive and cheerful.
Visit the Neighbour Day website for more neighbourly tips.
Connect, share information and resources
- Spare Harvest
Connects people with their neighbours, enabling the sharing or exchange of surplus items. Established right here on the Sunshine Coast, Spare Harvest is about locals helping locals, reducing waste and sharing what we have - time, goods and support
A neighbourhood hub for trusted connections and the exchange of helpful information, goods, and services. Join your neighbourhood
- Community Help
Is a new Facebook feature that enables neighbours to help each other out, people can volunteer to pick up groceries or ask someone to run an errand