An easy way to say g’day !
This year’s Neighbour Day will be celebrated on Sunday 31 March.
Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community that encourages people to connect with those who live nearby.
The theme for Neighbour Day 2019 is ‘Loneliness- what neighbours can do to create connections’.
This year, all Australians are encouraged to reach out to the vulnerable and lonely members of their community to create a connection – whether it’s a few friendly words across the back fence, inviting your elderly neighbour in for a cuppa, organising a community get-together or stopping for a chat when you’re walking the dog.
We tend to think of lonely people as old or single people living alone. But loneliness is experienced by people across the age and social spectrum, including young people, people living with their families and even people surrounded by others in the workplace.
It is critical that we reinvigorate our communities, get people to connect with their neighbours and in doing so, put a dent in loneliness. That’s what Neighbour Day is all about.
Your Neighbour Day action can be as big or small as you’d like. You can organise an event on your own or work with a group of neighbours. You could also keep it very small and make a pledge to yourself to introduce yourself to a new neighbour or have a yarn to someone you haven’t spoken to before in your street. You may just drop off a kind note to neighbours with a young family or invite them over for a cuppa. You can never have too many friends around you and your note or invitation may make a significant difference to the life of your neighbour.
To celebrate Neighbour Day, the Ballarat North Neighbourhood House is hosting a free lunch for community members from 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm on Thursday 21 March. There will be a performance by Sing Australia Ballarat and Ballarat North. RSVP is essential by Thursday 14 March.
To find out more about Neighbour Day, visit: neighbourday.org
Neighbour Day is brought to you by Relationships Australia, a national not for profit organisation that works to improve relationships in all their forms.
Victoria has around 400 Neighbourhood Houses, three of which are located in Ballarat. We have the Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre in Sebastopol, the Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre and the Ballarat North Neighbourhood House based in Soldier's Hill.
Neighbourhood Houses bring people together to connect, learn and contribute in their local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities using a unique community development approach.
Community development is about enabling communities to identify and address their own needs. It starts from the assumption that communities have existing strengths and assets that make them part of the solution. Community development practice is about doing with rather than doing for.
Neighbourhood Houses welcome people from all walks of life. This inclusive approach creates opportunities for individuals and groups to enrich their lives through connections they might not otherwise make.
The Ballarat North Neighbourhood House is running the 'Be Connected' program which includes free courses on everything from how to access the internet to using your device and keeping in touch with others online.
The full program is available online: salvationarmy.org.au/en/Find-Us/Victoria/SalvoConnect-Western/Programs/ballarat-north-community-house/
RACV and Victoria Police will be presenting the following program at the Ballarat North Neighbourhood House:
Personal and Home Safety
This presentation discusses some simple tips to help keep yourself, your vehicle and home safe. It also covers how to prepare for an emergency and how to prevent falls in the home. The presentation will cover:
Thursday 14 March, 10.00 am - 11.30 am . Morning Tea will be provided. Bookings are essential.
Alison Demuth, House Co-ordinator
Tuesday – Friday 9.30am - 3.00pm
Ballarat North Neighbourhood House
6 Crompton Street, Soldiers Hill