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Neighbour Day

Nextdoor Australia

We’d love to welcome aboard our newest ‘Very Neighbourly Organisation’, Nextdoor Australia! Jennie Sager, Australia’s Country Manager for the world’s largest neighbourhood network, Nextdoor, sat down with us here at Neighbour Day to talk about the synergy between our...

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Love, heroism, generosity and community

By Alison Brook | Chief Executive Officer | Relationships Australia Canberra and Region Writing from the ACT at a time when we’ve had extensive fires for more than a month in several states across Australia, and devastation in the past week over large tracts of the...

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Measuring Neighbourhood Liveability – by people, for people!

By Ainsley Milton, Account Manager Place Score There are lots of ways government and business measure neighbourhood liveability, but only one that is measured by people living there! At Place Score we take a ‘human-centric’ approach to measure liveability by capturing...

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Problem + Problem = Solution

We interviewed CEO Anthony Chesler about the amazing work of Thread Together and this is what he had to say. What can you tell us about Thread Together? Millions of items of unsold, brand-new clothing are dumped by stores into landfill every year. As a society we...

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Neighbour Day

Neighbour Day

Relationships Australia is home of the year round community campaign Neighbour Day. For 2019, the theme for Neighbour Day was ‘loneliness - what neighbours can do to create connections’. We challenged Australians to do whatever they could to create connections – and...

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Mental Health and Wellbeing
The mental health of my child – is there an app for that?

The mental health of my child – is there an app for that?

By Brad Morgan17 July 2019All families face challenges that can impact the social and emotional wellbeing of their children.Particularly during times of family conflict or relationship breakdowns, a lot of parents worry about how their children are coping mentally and...

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Relationships
70 years strong

70 years strong

By Dr Andrew Bickerdike3 July, 2019In 2018, Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) celebrated our 70th anniversary – an important milestone in our organisation’s history.RAV first began in 1948 as a modest but aspirational organisation called the Marriage Guidance...

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Older Australians and Aged Care
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2019

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2019

By Paula Mance12 June, 2019In 2017-18 more than 10,900 calls were made to elder abuse hotlines across Australia according to new statistics released by the Australian Institute of Health and WelfareA large percentage of elder abuse cases go unreported, due to the...

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Mental Health and Wellbeing
Infant Mental Health Awareness Week

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week

By Deborah Lockwood5 June, 2019This Infant Mental Health week will see the launch of new free web-based resources Let’s Talk about Conflict written by Jennifer E. McIntosh and Craig Olsson from the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED), Deakin...

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Relationships

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The RA Blog is a platform for invited guests can share their thoughts, knowledge, research and views, where they can engage with each other, and influence debateThe blogs aims to encourage vibrant discussions about the important issues affecting family relationships...

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

National Sorry Day

By Mel Ruthen29 May 2019National Sorry Day is held on 26 May each year to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the country’s Aboriginal People. The date carries great significance for the Stolen Generations.As part of Relationships Australia South...

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Neighbour Day

And that was Neighbour Day 2019

By Sam Robinson, Neighbour Day Campaign Manager It was a huge year for Neighbour Day in 2019, with communities from all corners of Australia participating in variety of neighbourly events, from garage sales to street libraries to barbeques, parties, and even street...

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What Neighbours Can Do to Create Connections

By Nick Tebbey, National Executive Officer Relationships Australia Neighbour Day is finally upon us, and I am excited to see how it has been embraced around the country as many Australians, from a variety of backgrounds, join in the Loneliness Challenge. This year’s...

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The importance of neighbours in emergencies

By Jamie Devenish, Manager of Emergency Management Planning at the Victorian SES In 2018, members of three emergency management agencies: Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES), Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Red Cross, attended an inspiring presentation in...

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A different kind of happy hour

By Gina Olivieri I recently got interested in positive psychology. What’s that? Think of it as the study of the stuff you can do to be happier, the stuff that makes life better, rather than mainstream psychology which focuses on defining and fixing mental illness....

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Relationships

Stories

  New website dedicated to supporting dads Men, particularly fathers, often don’t use existing support services or have access to resources that are designed specifically to meet their circumstances and needs. Recognising this, as part of its Support for Fathers...

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How to host a Neighbour Day event

By Sam Robinson, Neighbour Day Campaign Manager Every year, hundreds of communities throughout Australia host Neighbour Day events – from large events hosted by many enthusiastic local councils, to small backyard gatherings with a few neighbours keen to connect with...

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Challenging Loneliness

By Nick Tebbey, National Executive Officer Relationships Australia Today Neighbour Day is issuing a Loneliness Challenge to all Australians.  We are asking everyone to help end loneliness in their neighbourhood by committing to create a connection with someone in...

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Connecting neighbours, one hobby at a time

By Gina Olivieri What do meditation, gardening, picking up rubbish, craft, reducing food waste, dancing, reading, writing, and happiness all have in common? No idea? They are all hobbies you can pursue within walking distance and at no cost in my neighbourhood! No, I...

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Relationships
Finding companionship in volunteering

Finding companionship in volunteering

By Sonia Oke, Conservation Volunteers Australia and New Zealand15 February, 2019Every year, tens of thousands of people volunteer across Australia to help to conserve special places.If you asked someone what they think Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) is about,...

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Finding companionship in volunteering

By Sonia Oke, Conservation Volunteers Australia and New Zealand Every year, tens of thousands of people volunteer across Australia to help to conserve special places. If you asked someone what they think Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) is about, they’d...

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Pedaling our way to a more connected neighbourhood

By Gina Olivieri Organising a Neighbour Day event is as easy as riding a bike! Or at least, it would have been, had the weather forecast not threatened to destroy our event with storms, gale-force winds and rain. “I think we should cancel”, I said. “Let’s make the...

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