There is something quintessential about being neighbourly in regional and rural Australia. A place where you not only know your neighbours names, but you play sport with them, look after each others kids, enjoy spending time together but most importantly, help build communities.
This year's National Neighbour Day will be celebrated Sunday, March 29 and in the current situation communities are finding themselves in, neighbours have never been more important. While Relationships Australia, combined with a number of community groups, were set to hold celebrations across the region, most events have been cancelled, however there is still plenty to celebrate.
When we reflect upon what is currently happening across the globe, many of us think about social and emotional isolation. We may contemplate a lack of meaningful relationships and perhaps an absence of companionship and social interaction.
In 2020, Neighbour Day is looking to flip the loneliness discussion to get Australians to focus instead on the importance of coming together, to start people thinking about how they can put their energy into creating positive and meaningful connections with people inside and outside of their normal social groups.
Neighbour Day 2020 provides us with an opportunity to expand our connections and understanding of community and 'neighbours'.Relationships Australia
The 2020 theme for Neighbour Day was originally set to be "Social Connection", but has since been changed to "Creative Connection", and focuses on how we can be great neighbours and build relationships in a creative manner. For Relationships Australia, every day is neighbour day. While holding face-to-face gatherings to celebrate Neighbour Day in 2020 might not be on the cards, it is the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves that social connections and support are even more important when so many (already vulnerable) people are being asked to self-isolate.
Neighbour Day 2020 provides us with an opportunity to expand our connections and understanding of community and 'neighbours'. For some great ideas on how you could help your neighbours and communities, or to find out more about Neighbour Day 2020, visit www.neighbourday.org.