Neighbour Day March 29 BBQ's
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The streets of Mitcham are set to sizzle with community barbecues thanks to City of Mitcham's Neighbour Day competition.
13 streets will come alive with BBQ's in September 2020.
We were so privileged to hear about some amazing neighbourly acts happening in the City of Mitcham from entrants in our competition and we wanted to share them with you.
- We heard of neighbours supporting a local resident as she cared for her dying husband by bringing meals around, mowing the lawn and just a general check in to ensure they were going ok.
- Others who have coordinated a meal swap that sees 4 families in the street participating. Each family has a day they cook and deliver a meal to the other 3 families, meaning you are only organising dinner 2 nights of your working week, count us in!
- Many acknowledging feeling safe as a result of connections with their neighbours and others in the street.
- People acknowledging new families who have moved into the neighbourhood and wanting to progress the friendship from a wave and smile to sharing a meal.
- Interestingly, a couple who have recently moved to the City of Mitcham in the last 2 years advising they would have paid more for their property had they known the well connected neighbours and "family community' they would become a part of when moving in.
Just because you weren't a recipient of a BBQ from our competition doesn't mean you can't use Neighbour Day as a good reason to connect and build relationships with your neighbours and welcome new neighbours. We have many lovely reserves with electric BBQ's for you to use and parks where you can gather. Sunday March 29 is Neighbour Day.
Make Every Day Neighbour Day
While Neighbour Day is celebrated annually on the last Sunday in March, there is no need to wait until then to experience the feel good feeling and the many other benefits of being neighbourly.
Here are 10 top ways that you can be neighbourly and build local community connections any time:
- Smile, wave and say hello to people in your neighbourhood.
- Celebrate special event days with your neighbours and organise an event like an Easter egg hunt, Carols, Ramadan Feast, or a visit from Santa.
- Offer to look after your neighbour's pets or pick up their mail while they are away.
- Share cuttings or excess produce from your garden.
- Take in your neighbour's rubbish bin.
- Drop a Christmas card in your neighbours letterbox.
- If there is a blackout or heatwave, bushfire warning, check in on your neighbours who may be more vulnerable and see that they are ok.
- Share some home cooking as a welcome to a new neighbour or a friendly gesture to neighbours you already know.
Why have Neighbour Day?
- Strengthen communities and build better relationships with the people who live around us
- Create safer, healthier and more vibrant suburbs and towns
- Promote tolerance, respect and understanding
- Break down community barriers
- Protect the elderly, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged