Stay connected
  • Last updated:
  • 27 May 2020

Connecting with and showing kindness to others not only helps them but can also increase your sense of purpose and improve your own well-being.

Communication is merely an exchange of information, but connection is an exchange of our humanity.” Sean Stephenson

Tips on how to create connections with your neighbours

  1. Reach out and check on your neighbours and assist those who may be isolated or unable to cope, especially our older neighbours. 
  2. 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][142KB]. #covikindness #coastiekindness
  3. 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?
  4. Join or start a community or neighbourhood page on social media.
  5. 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. 
  6. Take the initiative and plan a neighbourhood gathering. 
  7. Offer to help your neighbour with a job around the house or garden, or offer to share your skills. 
  8. Drop off a meal if your neighbour has been unwell or is having a tough time.
  9. Be a good neighbour and a great listener, for conversation tips visit ruok.org.au  
  10. 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.

Stay connected, share information and resources

  • Porch Placemaking Week 
    Connect with neighbours by activating your front porch (or balcony, front yard, stoop or driveway) between May 30th and June 5th 2020
  • 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
  • Nextdoor 
    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

Apps and games to help you connect online

  • Houseparty 
    Allows video chats and games between a small groups of friends
  • Bunch 
    Lets you play mobile games with your friends. All you need to do is start the game via Bunch and text them a link
  • Google Hangouts 
    Uses your Google account, you can have up to 50 people in a single call
  • Zoom 
    Brings video conferencing, online meetings and group messaging into one easy-to-use application. Take this online class to learn more about Zoom
  • Compose jigsaw puzzles online 
    Thanks to the internet, puzzle players can now compete against each other online. Start a puzzle with your neighbour

Update your internet and technology skills for free

If you aren’t already a member of Sunshine Coast Libraries join online to access a huge range of  tutorials for. Sign in with your library card number for free access. 

  • thecomputerschool.net  
    Tutorials from beginners to advanced on computers, tablets, smartphones, smartTV, social media and digital photography.
  • Niche Academy 
    Tutorials on how to use the library's eBook and eAudiobook, music and movie streaming services. Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Ancestory.com tutorials are also available.
  • Be Connected 
    Offer beginner tutorials and online learning resources for computers, tablets and smartphones.
  • Learn how to create a Facebook group