Neighbour Day is an annual celebration of community and aims to build better relationships with the people who live around us. Neighbour Day is managed by Relationships Australia.
The 2021 Neighbour Day theme is Every day is Neighbour Day - building on the growing movement of people taking neighbourly actions every day of the year. Encouraging social connection is the essence of Neighbour Day every day.
This information is provided to help those who are able to participate safely in the more traditional events for Neighbour Day 2021 and/or safely undertake neighbourly actions. To keep everyone safe, keep up-to-date of the current public health advice relating to local restrictions.
Ways to connect with your neighbours
- Host or join an event in our area. Get ideas and resources on our Hosting a Neighbour Day event page.
- Start or join a community garden in your area and grow vegies, fruit or flowers with others in your area. Community gardens build communities and enhance our natural environment. City of Ryde has a program for apartment-dwellers called
- Volunteer your time to help others. Council provides information and resources so you know what to expect as a volunteer and lists current volunteering opportunities with Council and community organisations. Visit our Volunteering page to find out more.
- Get active and join in local classes or groups. Through Council's Active in Ryde program, we offer a range of exercise programs and guided walks. Find out more on our Events listing page or explore our community information directory.
- Connect with your neighbours by starting or joining a Facebook group or join free social networks such as Nextdoor.
Why knowing your neighbours can help you to withstand emergency situations
Building up support at a neighbour-to-neighbour level is one of the best ways we can build up our resilience as a community in the face of loneliness and physical isolation. It also helps us better manage major threat and shocks like heat waves, severe storms, bushfires or flooding.
One of the best ways we can achieve this is through local links with the community. Research shows that more closely-knit, cohesive communities are better off to deal with all types of emergency situations. Evidence shows that strong social connections are one of the most important indicators of a city’s overall resilience.
Visit our Resilient Ryde page to find information and resource to help you and your neighbours be more resilient. This includes information about:
Hosting a Neighbour Day event
Looking to host a Neighbour Day event?