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Look out for your neighbour

LOW RES Looking After Your Neighbours Feb 2021 11Say hello, swap plants or share produce this Neighbours Day!

Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2021 runs from March 20-March 30th this year. Use this opportunity to connect with your neighbours, especially those who live alone or who are older and may not have whānau or friends around.

Every one of us can make a difference. Keep an eye out for your neighbours and give them a helping hand when you can. 

If you have an older neighbour, or know someone who lives alone here’s some tips to keep them safe.

  • Stop for a chat
  • Swap phone numbers
  • Swap plants, produce or gardening knowledge
  • Ask if they need help
  • Check on them in an emergency
  • Check in if they don’t open curtains, turn on lights or empty the mailbox.

To find out more about Neighbours Day 2021 and access their resources.

If you're worried about your neighbour contact NZ Police or Age Concern. If you would like to know more about what Safer Napier does in our community, click here.

 

Did you know?

Ellen Hendrikson (clinical psychiatrist and author) has found that it takes 6-8 conversations before someone considers us a friend, so we need to be patient.

Make an effort to get to know your neighbours, either informally or through organisations like Neighbourly or Neighbourhood Support. In a civil defence emergency or other crisis, neighbours are our closest source of support.

To find out more see letsendloneliness.co.nz

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