Neighbours in Kwinana Strengthen Local Connections

12/04/2019 10:00 a.m.

1​2 April 2019

‘Neighbour Day Every Day’ is a new initiative launched by the City of Kwinana to encourage local communities to combat isolation and loneliness by strengthening connections.

Mayor Carol Adams said the concept was simple but effective – meet up with your neighbours and share a barbecue, play some sport or simply catch up over a cup of coffee.

“Feedback we receive from the community often centres around the need for people to feel more connected with their neighbours, to feel they belong and to feel safe in their homes,” said Mayor Adams.

“We have found that people feel safer and have greater wellbeing when they know they are surrounded by a local support network,” Mayor Adams said.

The City is a regular participant in Neighbour Day, a yearly event established by Relationships Australia in an effort to create ongoing and enduring connections between people and their communities.

“Research shows that enduring connections are what help people emerge from loneliness, they contribute to building a sense of belonging and give people a sense of purpose and identity,” said Nick Tebbey, National Executive Officer of Relationships Australia.

The City of Kwinana is the first local government in Australia to seek and receive endorsement from Relationships Australia to run the year-round initiative.

“We are delighted that the City of Kwinana, as one of our Very Neighbourly Organisations, has taken the lead and created the Neighbour Day Every Day program to support their community to connect with neighbours year-round,” he said.​

Community members can register activities by contacting the City, who can then provide resources and assistance for running events.  A resource kit is available upon request and it contains invitations, introduction cards, a street registry document and planning documents. Suggestions for activities can also be found on the City’s website.

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