Say hello to your neighbour

Neighbours gathering as part of the Neighbourhood Watch. Neighbours gathering as part of the Neighbourhood Watch.

Neighbour Day is a good opportunity to step out of our busy lives and say hello to those close to us.

Loneliness can have a significant impact on our mental health and wellbeing. So building relationships and growing our social connections is great for the wellbeing of our community.

National Neighbour Day began in 2003 and encourages people to say hello to those who live in their neighbourhood, especially the elderly and vulnerable. This year it will be held on Sunday, 31 March 2019.

So take the first step and introduce yourself to your neighbours. Building a great neighbourhood and looking out for one another starts with you. You can also start the ball rolling by contacting your local Neighbourhood Watch (NHW).

The community led safety and awareness program aims to prevent crime, stop social isolation and increase the safety, security and quality of life for everyone. Membership is free.

For more information visit nhwact.com.au or head to their Facebook page at @NHWACT.

Neighbourhood Watch Member of the Year – Lyn Woodward

Bonython’s Lyn Woodward is the ACT NHW Member of the Year. Pictured: Bonython’s Lyn Woodward is the ACT NHW Member of the Year.

Bonython’s Lyn Woodward is the ACT NHW Member of the Year.

Lyn was so passionate about helping to set up NHW in her community nine years ago, she offered her home for the first meetings.

Her advice is to get to know the people in your neighbourhood. “Knock on their door. Say hello over the fence. Introduce yourself,” Lyn said. Also try to get involved with activities around the neighbourhood.

Lyn is the editor of the quarterly Bonython NHW Newsletter that is sent to nearly 1,400 members.

She established the Heart Foundation Walking Group in Bonython that has since grown to 14 active members. President of NHW ACT Margaret Pearson said Lyn is a fantastic ambassador for NHW who “walks the walk and talks the talk”.