Getting along with your neighbours and having good relationships with them can help you feel safer, happier and more connected to your neighbourhood and boost your health and wellbeing.
So if you’re new to your neighbourhood, or simply don’t know your neighbours very well, we encourage you to start taking small steps to building positive relations.
Moving to a new area can be hard, especially if you don’t know anyone. One of the best ways to start to settle in and feel part of the neighbourhood is to introduce yourself to your neighbours.
If you’re new in the neighbourhood:
If someone new moves into your area:
If people find you friendly, helpful considerate and approachable, they’re far more likely to respond to you in the same way.
Doing small random acts of kindness for your neighbours is a great way to foster good relationships.
There are lots of great ways to bring neighbours together and build neighbourly connections. Here are a few ideas:
Having issues with your neighbours? Read our tips for getting along with your neighbours and preventing and resolving issues.
Neighbourhood Watch Victoria acknowledges the 38 mobs, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate, live, and gather as employees and volunteers. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
At Neighbourhood Watch, we believe everyone has the right to feel safe and welcome. We are committed to ensuring diversity, inclusion and equity are embedded throughout our organisation – in the work we do, the services we deliver and among our staff, volunteers, and the communities we work with.