In partnership with Neighbour Day, Act Belong Commit is encouraging everyone to connect with older neighbours.
Neighbour Day – Sunday 27 March
A key message of Act Belong Commit is the importance of staying connected to others and having a strong sense of belonging. Neighbour Day, managed by Relationships Australia, is an Act Belong Commit partner and this year we are working with them to encourage Western Australians to connect particularly with their older neighbours.
Neighbour Day on Sunday 27 March reminds us that we can all play a part in building closer communities and ending loneliness. It’s a message that has a special importance having had the importance of ‘social distancing’ ingrained in us during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The very first Neighbour Day was a response to the isolation and loneliness experienced by many older people. Older people are particularly likely to live alone and have fewer social connections. During COVID-19 many seniors have protected themselves by minimising their contact with the outside world and their interaction with other people – something that may protect them from the virus but ultimately be harmful to their mental wellbeing.
Reach out to your neighbour
On Neighbour Day, but also throughout the year, Act Belong Commit wants Western Australians to reach out to their older neighbours to make sure none of them are forgotten.
Act Belong Commit has also created some resources anyone can use to help connect with a neighbour. In particular, a printable postcard-sized calling-card people can fill in and drop into someone’s mailbox, as the first step in connecting with a neighbour.
The Neighbour Day 2022 website has a host of other resources you can use, as well as practical ideas for individuals, community groups and local governments to mark this special day.
If you are doing something for Neighbour Day or bringing people together for any other reason, why not share the event on the Act Belong Commit Activity Finder on our website. Contact us for more details.
2022 Health Awareness Calendar
Neighbour Day is one of many promotional initiatives in our 2022 Health Awareness Calendar. The calendar captures the many promotional days and weeks during the year which provide great opportunities to share the Act Belong Commit message.
Want to get more involved?
If you or your organisation would like to be involved in this or any other Act Belong Commit initiatives, we’d love to hear from you.