- Last updated:
- 07 Aug 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.
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” Brene Brown
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]. #covikindness
- 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.
Stay connected, 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
Apps and games to help you connect online
Allows video chats and games between a small groups of friends
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
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.
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