Sunday March 29 is Neighbour Day, a day to grow and celebrate our connections with our neighbours and communities. But this year we are faced with an unprecedented situation where the best thing we can do for our neighbours is stay a safe distance away. The Neighbour Day website has some great tips on how we can connect in different ways and support ourselves and our communities through this hugely challenging time.
This year, Neighbour Day is focusing on #CreativeConnections – how can we stay connected with our neighbours when we can’t gather together?
Visit the Neighbour Day website to find out more
As an organisation we strive to provide locally relevant and enriching volunteer opportunities for the communities we work and live in around Australia.
Now facing the challenges of CVOID-19, which has required us to suspend volunteering across our organisation, we are inspired by the achievements of our staff and volunteers over the past year.
Our Perth office has created a snapshot of projects from 2019 that focused on building community connections, and we’re looking forward to delivering more volunteering opportunities as soon as we are able. By sharing our stories we hope to keep up the momentum for getting involved with local communities and environments around Australia, in what ever ways we can.
The good news is that in our digitally connected world we can stay physically separated but connected through our phones, emails and social media, using these channels to stay in touch with the people that matter to us, and reach out to others. At Conservation Volunteers we know that volunteering builds social connections and reduces isolation, but how can we keep the connections made during volunteering, when we can’t get out and about?
- Can you connect with your fellow volunteers online or over the phone?
- Are there local Facebook groups in your area for gardening, bird watching or other activities, where you can connect online with people with similar interests?
- Look for digital Citizen Science projects you can join from home – these can be a great way to connect with others and build online communities with a shared interest. Search Citizen Science Projects