Community Tips

delivering groceries to an elderly neighbour

Be a good neighbour

Getting to know your neighbours can be difficult when you rarely see them, but a little effort can go a long way towards turning your street into a community.

What you can do

  • Host a street BBQ. What better way to meet your neighbours than with a good old sausage sizzle? Print some flyers and hand deliver them - let your neighbours know that the idea of your BBQ is for everyone to get to know each other. Have the BBQ in your front yard or driveway to give it a street party feel.
  • Do you know of anyone on your street who’s just had a baby? Visiting them with a small gift is a great icebreaker.
  • Welcome new neighbours - take some flowers and swap phone numbers. Let them know what a great street they’ve moved into.
  • When you’re going on holiday, ask your neighbour to put out/take in your bin, take in the mail, water the garden etc. They will be happy to help and glad to know they can ask you to do the same for them.
  • Do you grow your own veggies or love baking? If you have surplus produce, take some to a neighbour you don’t yet know.
  • If you share a grassed verge, offer to mow your neighbour’s portion next time you do your own.
  • Let elderly neighbours know that you’re willing to be called upon for help if it’s needed.
  • If you feel awkward or unsure about calling in person, just leave a note.