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12 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
“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.