Neighbours Day is happening on 25 – 26 March 2017. Get your organisation or group involved!
The Neighbours Day Aotearoa campaign is led by a national steering team of six NGOs: Lifewise, the Mental Health Foundation, Inspiring Communities, Public Libraries of New Zealand, Neighbourhood Support NZ and Christchurch Methodist Mission.
But the Neighbours Day campaign is collaborative and co-delivered with the support of many other groups – last year saw 132 organisations take part, including 12 local councils.
The steering team strongly encourages any group or organisation – national, regional or local – who would like to come onboard as a supporting group, to get in touch and be a part of the campaign.
5 Ways to Get Your Organisation or Group Involved:
1) Help spread the word!
One of the biggest ways for groups and organisations to get involved in Neighbours Day Aotearoa is to encourage your supporters to take part on 25 – 26 March. Send an email to your mailing list or share a post on social media; see the link below for suggested text that you can copy and paste or customise as fits your organisation.
Text, images and links to share. Note, this link will open a new page with suggested text, graphics, and links to share as well as details on how to share our weekly “Diary of a Neighbour” blog posts.
2) Organise an event that’s open to the general public or your community.
Community potluck? Working bee for an existing project? The sky is the limit and it doesn’t need to be complicated to be great.
Register your public event at: http://neighboursday.org.nz/submit-event.
Registering adds your event to the publicly searchable list at http://neighboursday.org.nz/events/ and let’s us help promote it via social media and email.
Customisable Neighbours Day Aotearoa posters that you can print out and use to advertise your event are downloadable here: http://neighboursday.org.nz/download-editable-posters
Or, if you are designing your own posters, or other advertisements and would like to include the Neighbours Day Aotearoa logo, you can download a .jpg of the logo here.
If you need an .eps version of the logo, please email campaign project manager, Ashlee Gross at email@example.com
3) Encourage your staff and volunteers to take part on an individual level.
Instead of (or in addition too!) your organisation coordinating an event, get everyone on your team to get out and say hello to their own neighbours or host a simple activity or event on their street.
Download and print out posters to put up around your office, or use as images in your internal emails or on your intranet site – download posters from our resources page
4) Hold a table or stall at a local festival or event
Are you planning to have a table or stall at local events or festivals between now and 25 – 26 March? Add some Neighbours Day Aotearoa resources to your table! We have two key resources that you can give out – neighbour contact info sheets and Neighbours Day invite cards.
To order resources, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; let us know how many events/festivals you are able to pass out resources at and approximately how many contact sheets and event invites you estimate you can give out. To make the most of available funding for printing resources, we may need to cap the number we can give to each group. You can also download and print out the resources directly from the links above.
5) Get in touch
Contact campaign project manager Ashlee Gross to talk about other ways you can get involved, email email@example.com or ring her on 0272626121.
Whether you want to find out more or discuss other ideas for what your group could do, get in touch any time.
AND be recognised as being a part of the Neighbours Day Aotearoa campaign. Get in touch using the contact details above to let us know you’re on board. If you would like to be included on the supporting partners page on our website, please email a copy of your logo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 Reasons to Get Your Organisation or Group Involved:
Turns out saying hello over the fence and holding a backyard BBQ are pretty powerful things. Here’s just a few reasons to get your organisation involved with Neighbours Day Aotearoa:
1) It’s good for general well-being – getting to know your neighbours means social connection, which is good for our wellbeing, helps us to feel safer and turns streets into vibrant, connected and healthy communities.
90% of surveyed 2015 participants said they feel they know their neighbours better. 67% feel safer.
2) Builds more resilient communities and cities – connected neighbourhoods respond better to big events like natural disasters, but also help with day-to-day situations where people need a bit of support – whether it’s an older neighbour who needs someone to lend a hand, or you need an emergency babysitter, your neighbours are the closest people to you, so it makes sense to have them as a first port-of-call.
84% of surveyed 2015 participants had shared contact details with their neighbours.
3) Helps improve mental health – research has shown neighbourliness helps with serious issues that affect many New Zealanders such as social isolation and depression.
4) Small individual effort creates a big collective impact. As not-for-profits and community groups, we all understand the challenge of trying to have the most impact with finite resources and time. The power of joining with so many other organisations in taking part in Neighbours Day Aotearoa is that for a relatively small amount of effort each, we’re able to collectively build a loud voice, to create a big impact.
The impact isn’t just about getting people to join in over one weekend, Neighbours Day is about giving people a nudge. It catalyses neighbours continuing to get to know one another and get involved in their neighbourhoods year-round.
5) It can complement other projects you’re working on – Wellington City Council is a big supporter of Neighbours Day and offers a fantastic example of how you can use the campaign to support other areas of work.
This year the council is promoting Neighbours Day with a theme of Growing Neighbourhoods; linking their urban agriculture advisor and their existing March local food week event into their Neighbours Day promotion.
The cross-pollination, if you’ll forgive the pun, means both projects benefit from a widening of interest to different audiences and they’ve gotten creative with things like giving away free Growing Neighbourhoods salad mix seed packets.
Neighbour Day Aotearoa enables and actively encourages groups to tailor their involvement in the campaign in a way that best suits your organisation and your networks.