Social connections abound

4 March 2020|Lifestyle| Off Comments off on Social connections abound|

A CELEBRATION dedicated to forging relationships with neighbours and building social connections kicked off last month at the official launch of Neighbour Day.

Spearheaded by Relationships Australia Tasmania, the launch was held at the new Salvation Army premises in Glenorchy.

Relationships Australia Tasmania chief executive officer Mat Rowell, who acted as a key speaker at the event alongside Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston, said Neighbour Day was the nation’s annual celebration of community.

“It encourages people to connect with those who live nearby and the theme for Neighbour Day 2020 is social connection,” he said.

“This year, Neighbour Day is encouraging Australians to build strong social connections with the people around them, to make a difference to the lives of those who may be struggling with isolation or loneliness.”

Mr Rowell said the launch also officially opened the Healthy Tasmania Neighbour Day Challenge (the Challenge), an initiative by Relationships Australia Tasmania and Healthy Tasmania from the Department of Health.

“The Challenge allows individuals or community organisations to go into the draw for grants of $5000 or $1000 to spend on projects aiming to increase community social connectedness,” he said.

Glenorchy City Council was a recipient of the Healthy Tasmania Community Challenge last year, using the funding to set up a Little Street Library project in collaboration with Goodwood Primary School.

The project sees the establishment of Little Street Libraries within the community, to be installed at various locations in the City of Glenorchy to increase people’s access to books and information in a fun and engaging manner.

Mayor Johnston said she was very lucky as Mayor of Glenorchy to see and meet the “wonderful people in our community every day.”

“We know that a healthy community is one with strong connections,” she said.

“Events like Neighbour Day really encourage those around us to reach out to others and create the opportunities for connections to be made.

“The Little Street Library project by Glenorchy City Council and Goodwood Primary School is just one of the exciting and fun ways in which we can connect with our greater community.”

Glenorchy City Council is currently on the search for local community members to help build the street libraries (all materials provided).

For more information or to express interest, phone Glenorchy City Council on 6216 6800.

Caption: Relationships Australia Tasmania chief executive officer Mat Rowell, left, and Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston at the site of the Little Street Library, which was built in collaboration with Goodwood Primary School.

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