Neighbours urged to Unite over a barbecue

13/03/2017

The City of Rockingham is offering to shout its residents a barbecue to help encourage them to get to know their neighbours and improve community safety.

As part of its Neighbours Unite initiative, the City is offering to provide residents with up to $40 towards the cost of food for an activity with their neighbours to celebrate Neighbour Day on Sunday 26 March. But the offer isn’t just for that day – it’s available throughout the entire year.
 
Activities could include a barbecue, a bake off, a group walk, a puppy party, an after-school activity in the park or whatever idea the host comes up with. The City will also supply invitations, merchandise and a Neighbours Unite T-shirt for the host.
 
“Neighbour Day is great time for residents to take advantage of this offer, but because we think it’s such a great idea, we’ve decided to extend it throughout the entire year,” Mayor Barry Sammels said. “We’re happy to foot the bill so neighbours can start conversations in their community because this helps to develop stronger, safer, more resilient neighbourhoods.”
 
Neighbours Unite is a City of Rockingham initiative which aims to encourage residents to connect and get to know each other. Promoting social connections between neighbours:

  • helps people feel safer, happier and live healthier lifestyles when they are connected;
  • encourages community involvement and gives people a sense of belonging;
  • reduces opportunities for crime to occur; and
  • prevents loneliness, isolation and depression.

To register an activity or become a Neighbours Unite Champion, download the Neighbours Unite brochure, email neighboursunite@rockingham.wa.gov.au, call 9528 0333 or visit the Neighbours Unite page on the City’s website. Activities must be alcohol free and conditions apply. For more information about Neighbour Day visit www.neighbourday.org.
 

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