Here are 8 ways to be a pillar of the community this Good Neighbour Day | The Sun
NO matter where you live, you have neighbours. Whether they are near or far, it’s always better when you’re on good terms.
National Good Neighbour Day is a reminder of the importance of keeping harmony within your community.
The day started in the US in the early 1970s but has been adopted by the States’ neighbour from across the pond, the United Kingdom.
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Every year, 28th September marks a day to celebrate your neighbours and community.
Having good neighbours is vital to creating a peaceful and happy neighbourhood.
Bad neighbours can make your home, which should be a sanctuary, a living hell.
The Good Neighbor Mindset
Good neighbours make great neighbourhoods.
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With that in mind, Nationalgoodneighborday.com sites five pillars for “building great neighborhoods”.
- Connection. Introduce yourself and connect with others in your neighbourhood. It simply starts by saying “hello”.
- Invitation. Invite neighbours to join you for a meal or something fun. Gather around a table because the Latin word “communitas” means the spirit of community and it’s measured by the number of meals shared together.
- Celebration. When it comes to birthdays, anniversaries or milestone moments in the lives of others, cheer them on and don’t miss out on congratulating them.
- Awareness. Keep your eyes and ears open. Stay attentive to the safety and security of the people and homes nearby. We are safe and stronger together.
- Availability. Availability is the highest benefit of good neighbours who truly care and look out for one another. When needed, show up to help and support others living around you.
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Being a good British neighbour
In the UK, we also know the value of good neighbours.
However, the British attitude to getting involved within your neighbourhoods is more subtle than in the US.
Sun Bingo has put together this list of eight ways to be a good neighbour, the British way.
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- The bins. Is it recycling this week? Garden waste? What colour bin does standard rubbish go into? Sometimes, the bin collection feels as random as the gods throwing a dart at a bin chart and that’s what’s being collected this week. However, someone in the community has to stand up and take charge of the situation. Every neighbourhood has one. They are the unsung heroes.
They know which bins are being collected and will be the first to put them out on the correct morning. They are a visual guide for everyone else. Could this neighbour be you? You could help so many poor souls by knowing the bin schedule. At the very least, if you see a neighbour with the wrong bin out, let them know! Maybe wheel the bin back for an elderly or disabled neighbour to save them the hassle.
- What’s App. Some neighbourhoods communicate perfectly without a word being spoken. A block of flats or small road could really benefit from someone starting a communal messaging group where stories or updates about the community can be shared. If you are already a part of such a group, be a good neighbour by not spamming the chat!
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- Help with shopping. If you know someone who has difficulty getting themselves out and about, why not check whether there’s anything you can grab for them next time you’re on your way to the shops? As the weather gets colder, road conditions could make it harder for vulnerable people to go shopping.
- Car pool. As well as being good for the environment, car pools are good for communities! You and a group of local parents could discuss sharing the job of driving kids to school each day. For those close enough to walk, consider walking as a group.
- Parcels. Your parcel will be vaguely thrown in the direction of your home. Good neighbours will take in parcels for you, sign for them and keep them safe until you can collect them. If you’re in a flat, let the delivery man into the building so that your neighbour doesn’t have to go to the local collection centre for their missed package.
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- Support new parents. Check in with neighbours who have just had a baby and see if they need someone to walk the dog or do other odd jobs while they find their feet. A freshly cooked, homemade meal could also go a long way for the exhausted new mum and dad!
- Keep an eye out. Just be generally aware of what’s going on in your community. Let your neighbours know if you think there’s something that everyone in the neighbourhood should know about.
- Warn about parties. If you’re planning a big party that might make a lot of noise, let your neighbours know in advance. Apologise for any inconvenience and give a rough time that the party should wrap up. That lets those in your community make their own plans and be prepared for any disruptions.
Being a good neighbour doesn’t have to take much time or effort, just be respectful and polite.
Be the neighbour you wish to have!
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