Getting to know the neighbours can help people who are lonely or vulnerable feel more connected to their community and give them a better sense of security in their environment.
That is why Relationships Australia (RA) helps organise Neighbour Day, a time to bring together people, resources and organisations which can help towns and communities grow stronger and be more supportive.
RA executive officer Nick Tebbey said the organisation was challenging people to create a connection with someone in the community each week during March.
It could be a small action - a few friendly words across the back fence, inviting an elderly neighbour in for a cuppa, organising a community get-together, or stopping for a chat when walking the dog,” he said.
“Or it could be a grand gesture – organising a big neighbourhood barbecue, engaging the neighbours in a street fair, putting on a community concert.
“This year, our theme for Neighbour Day is ‘loneliness - what neighbours can do to create connections’.
Mr Tebbey said work done by RA showed there was a loneliness crisis in Australia.
“This research found that one in ten people lacking social support or connection and one in six are experiencing emotional loneliness and just under 1.5 million Australians are reporting that they’ve been lonely for a decade or more," he said.
Neighbour Day will be commemorated on Sunday, March 31, this year and there is a chance for people to be involved by either attending a community function or holding one of their own.
It only takes seconds to register your own Neighbour Day event which will give access to a free resource e-kit, which has posters, invitations, name tags, colouring-in page and more, and keep you up-to-date on ideas and news.
For more information or to register visit http://neighbourday.org