How can you be a good neighbour?

Mar 15, 2022 | Community

How can you be a good neighbour this year?

After two years of broken connection and isolation, the time is here to pop our bubbles and get into our neighbourhoods again. Neighbour Day on Sunday 27 March is your chance to get out and meet your neighbours and be the difference in someone else’s day.

Why do we need to connect?

Over 20 years ago, American political scientist, Robert Putnam published a book called “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community”. In it he outlined the relationship between our level of social connectedness and our experience of loneliness, ill health and isolation. His research then showed that the degree to which we are involved with our community, clubs, families and friendships directly impacts our physical, emotional and mental health.

Bidwill Neighbour Day Activities 2021

Image: “Together in Bidwill” Neighbour Day 2021

Getting Involved Matters

Playing an active role in our communities by being a part of clubs, societies, churches and sports groups, for example, contributes to our own physical health and wellbeing. Getting to know our neighbours and taking an active interest in the people around us, isn’t something to be avoided. It’s an opportunity to be healthier ourselves and to contribute to the health of our communities.

What You Can Do

Connecting with your neighbours doesn’t need to be complicated. Neighbour Day on Sunday 27 March is an opportunity to reach out to the people around you. Be a neighbour, not just someone who lives in the neighbourhood!

Fusion is getting behind this initiative of Relationships Australia and we’re inviting you to be a part of it too.

Here are a few ideas you might like to try in your neighbourhood:

 

  1. Host a morning or afternoon tea for your neighbours
  2. Hold a gathering on your front lawn or verandah
  3. Throw a street party or get together in a local park.
  4. Make some cookies or cards and deliver them to your neighbours.
  5. Have a BBQ at home and invite the people next door!
    Morning Tea for Neighbour Day 2021

    What will stop you getting out there?

    Do you ever have good intentions but don’t quite get around to making them happen?

    The great thing about Neighbour Day is that you can do whatever works for you. Make a plan, keep it simple and remember, it really is the thought that counts! Knock on your neighbour’s door and say hello. It could be the start of a new connection that makes all the difference for them and for you.

    Need help?

    If you’re looking for ideas or support to get something up and going in your neighbourhood, reach out to your local Fusion team. They’d love to hear from you!

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    What can we do?

    “We love because he first loved us And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”  1 John 4:19, 21

    It’s in this challenge that we can all find our place. By choosing to love the people around us, no matter what their story, how they behave or what they believe, we are stepping up to play our part in the redemption of our world.

    Love is sharing what you have with a neighbour. It is standing alongside a friend who is suffering. It is being there for a young person who has lost hope. It is showing up to help even when you don’t have anything to offer. It is giving, even when it comes at a cost.

     

    By donating today, you will provide parenting courses and coaching to parents in need just like Ghretta, breaking the cycle and bringing hope, healing and love to families who need it most this Christmas.

    By donating today, you can provide the support that Kelly and other young people need to work out who they are and find their purpose in the world.

    By investing in Fusion’s mentoring programs, you will ensure that vulnerable young people like Noah and Adam are equipped to achieve things they didn’t believe possible.

    Together we can show young people, parents, families, and others in need that they are loved this Christmas.