Getting to know your neighbours can be a great way to build a sense of community and foster new friendships. However, in today’s busy world, it can be challenging to find the time and the opportunity to connect with those who live closest to us. This Neighbour Day, have a think about how you can connect more with those around you. In this blog post, we’ll explore some practical suggestions for getting to know your neighbours.

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1. Break the ice: The first step is to introduce yourself. It may seem obvious, but it’s the first step in building a relationship with your neighbours. Take the time to introduce yourself and make a friendly first impression. If it feels overwhelming taking that first step, try one of these:

2. Attend community events: Many communities have events throughout the year, such as block parties, festivals, and fundraisers. Attend these events to meet your neighbours and learn more about your community. Check out our events page to see all the wonderful community events at the Little BIG House.

3. Volunteer: Volunteering is an excellent way to get involved in your community and meet new people. Consider volunteering at a local school, library, or community center.

4. Host a gathering: If you have a backyard or a common space, consider hosting a gathering or potluck. Invite your neighbours and encourage everyone to bring a dish or drink to share.

5. Join a group: Many communities have online groups or social media pages. Join these groups to stay informed about local events and news and to connect with your neighbours. The Little BIG House has a range of different groups.

6. Offer to help: If you see a neighbour struggling with a task, offer to lend a hand. This could be anything from carrying groceries, extending the mowing of the lawn to the neighbours nature strip or helping with the pram in the lift.

7. Walk your dog: If you have a dog, take them for a walk around the neighbourhood. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other dog owners and their pets.

Two people walking in yellow ponchos, one carrying a dog.

8. Participate in neighbourhood projects: Many communities have projects that require the help of volunteers. This could be anything from planting trees to cleaning up a local park.

9. Say hello: Whenever you see your neighbours, make a point to say hello and have a quick chat. It may seem small, but these small interactions can go a long way in building relationships.

10. Share your interests: If you have a hobby or interest, share it with your neighbours. You may be surprised to find that others in your community share your passions.

Getting to know your neighbours can be a rewarding experience that enriches your life and your community. By following these suggestions, you can build new relationships, foster a sense of community, and make your neighbourhood a more welcoming place to live.

People gathered outside in groups chatting.

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