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Look out for your neighbour

Look After Your Neighbour Nov 2020 13 newSay happy holidays to your neighbour this festive season!

We encourage you to touch base with your neighbours, especially those who live alone or who are older. Many older people experienced social isolation during lockdown. This was especially so for those who live alone and have no 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 is alone this holiday season here’s some tips to keep them safe.

  • Stop and say hello
  • Take time to have a chat
  • Drop by with a Christmas card or some Christmas goodies
  • Ask if they need help with tasks
  • Swap phone numbers
  • Check on them in an emergency
  • Check in if they don’t open curtains, turn on lights or empty the mailbox.

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.

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