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Be a caring neighbour. Celebrate Neighbour Day this Sunday, 25 March

It wasn’t so long ago that we lived in a community where everyone knew everyone.

Neighbours talked to neighbours and would frequent each other’s houses to borrow things, to look after the garden or dog while the other was away. They had card nights and BBQ’s, and put each other’s bins away.

While this still happens for some, more often than not our neighbours are just a face we see every now then and flick a wave to. When was the last time you thought about you neighbours? Do they need anything? Are they lonely?

Neighbour Day will be celebrated on Sunday, 25 March and aims to promote personal connections and better relationships with the people who live around us, especially the elderly and vulnerable. Neighbour Day reminds us to get to know a little about our neighbours as this will foster stronger social connections and a healthier community.

Social connection also makes us feel better as it helps prevent loneliness, isolation and depression. Recent studies have shown that a lack of social connection can contribute to a decline in our physical and mental health.

Older people are more vulnerable to becoming socially isolated when faced with challenging life situations. These life events can affect their resilience and can result in a withdrawal from society, and as a consequence can impact their health and wellbeing.

Caring Neighbourhood Program is a program that helps to bring people together who need support to do so. With the support of volunteers, it offers group and individual activities where people can get together and socialise over a meal or a cuppa.

“Social connection is something that we all take for granted, when it is easy. But when it is missing in our life, it can have a major impact on our wellbeing,” said Helen Deguet, Caring Neighbourhood Program Coordinator.

“Everyone has the opportunity to connect with their neighbour. It could be as easy as offering to put a bin out for someone who finds it difficult,” Ms Deguet said.

“Older people can often struggle with this and it can become a huge issue for them.”

“This can be a great way to interact with a neighbour, especially for younger people, and can make a big difference. Neighbour Day is a good time to make a start.”

If you are interested in finding out how you can become a volunteer with the Caring Neighbourhood Program, contact Helen or Jo on 8551 0544.

The Caring Neighbourhood Program is an initiative of the City of Victor Harbor and Alexandrina Council. It is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

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