Create and share belonging every day

The theme for Neighbours Every Day is ‘Create Belonging | Share Belonging’ – a call to action to everyone (individuals, community groups, business and governments) to take every day actions that create social connection and foster respectful relationships.

Belonging doesn’t come easily. True inclusion and lasting connection take consideration and practice. Belonging isn’t exclusive or selective. True social connection can only occur when everyone feels like they belong. True belonging must be shared.

We can share belonging by focusing on genuine inclusion and connection, making others welcome, and by challenging ourselves to connect through empathy and compassion. Through this, we can create respectful relationships that last.

Neighbours Every Day aims to empower everyone in Australia to create and share belonging, and to help achieve this mission, we have developed a number of free resources.

Read on to find out how you, too, can create and share belonging – every day!

Useful resources to create and share belonging every day

Join in, connect, volunteer

We know from a range of studies that helping others has both community and personal benefits.

Social connection makes us feel better as it helps prevent loneliness and isolation.
Good relationships with others increases general wellbeing and has a wider, positive impact on communities.

The groups listed below provide a variety of opportunities to join in, connect with others and if you’re up for it, to help out by volunteering. Your local council or may also have ideas for you to get involved.

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Offers conservation volunteering projects across the country to connect people and neighbourhoods.


Orange Sky Australia

Helping to positively connect our friends in need through free laundry, showers and conversation.


Neighbourhood Watch Australasia

Enabling safer and vibrant communities.


Country Women's Association of Australia

A women’s group supporting families, especially those living in rural and remote Australia.



Offers information and tools to help you connect with others.


Welcome Dinner Project

Connecting newly arrived Australians over a potluck meal in a local home.


Sing Australia

Accepts that everyone can sing and welcomes everyone.


Neighbourhood Connect

Helping people across Australia create neighbourhood groups to encourage happier, safer and more connected communities. Because life is better when we belong.


Victoria State Emergency Service

(VICSES) is a volunteer-based emergency service providing essential emergency assistance to thousands of Victorians every year.


Thread Together

Delivers new, good quality clothing and shoes to people in our community who are doing it tough. Volunteering and intern opportunities.


Men's Shed

Find your local Men’s Shed (or start one!), hang out with a few mates, build a few things, and give back to your community.



CFA is a volunteer and community-based fire emergency services organisation working closely with communities to connect and be prepared for emergencies.


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“I try not to take for granted the comfort provided by so many familiar faces, the regular kerbside greetings and spontaneous gatherings that enrich each of our lives in our neighbourhood.”

TUYS 2021 Allan ACT Winner

“I was lonely, not feeling myself and decided to reach out. A small gesture had a huge impact on each of our mental health – and you could see the relief and joy each woman felt as they returned to their homes afterwards with their heads held high, and shoulders less slumped.”

TUYS 2021 Maria VIC Winner