Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, and Southern Cross Housing would like to join in by encouraging everyone to connect with their neighbours. Knowing your neighbours and other people in your community can help you feel more supported and less lonely.
Neighbour Day is officially celebrated each year to raise awareness of the importance of social connection and neighbourly actions. We know that many of our tenants are great at looking out for their neighbours, whether it’s by checking in from time to time, sharing a cuppa or a meal, and even mowing each other’s lawns. That’s why Southern Cross Housing are running the Good Neighbour Awards again in 2021. Do you have a neighbour that you want to share your appreciation for? Why not nominate them for a Good Neighbour Award. The program aims to encourage and recognise individuals that are being good neighbours. This is more important than ever, while we are living in these strange and unprecedented times.
This year Neighbour Day is on 28th March and we are celebrating with Good Neighbour Award Categories that aim to recognise outstanding contributions to the local community during 2020.
Anyone can nominate a Southern Cross Housing resident for this award. You may be a neighbour, support worker, Housing Officer or community resident. Nominating someone is really easy, simply tell us who you are nominating, which category you are nominating the person for and why you think it is important that they are recognized.
This award is for a Senior citizen 65+ (45+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) who actively engages in your community.
This award is for young people 24 years and younger who actively engages in your community.
All ages. This category acknowledges nominees who have made an outstanding contribution to making the community they live in a more inclusive community for people of all abilities, ages and/or culture.
That person in your neighbourhood whose garden you always notice.
This is a broad category, for that neighbour who is 25 years or older, friendly, welcoming, or helpful. The person that comes to mind when someone says ‘good neighbour’.
Award winners will receive vouchers to either:
This year Southern Cross Housing would like to encourage community connection. We are also offering our tenants the opportunity to host a BBQ in their neighbourhood during Good Neighbour Week. The Communities Assist team will help with set up and supplies, you just have to help us select a location, invite other Southern Cross Housing residents, and run it on the day. Please note there will be one BBQ in each region, and the events will be for Southern Cross residents only.
Nomination forms can be found in your local office or via the link below. If you would like to host a BBQ to meet your neighbours and get involved with your community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or call 1300 757 885.