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Everybody needs good neighbours

Two not-for-profit community groups are the recipients of Ballarat’s Inaugural Neighbour Day Grant Program, holding activities designed to bring people together on Neighbour Day this Sunday, 31 March.

Food is Free will host a ‘Come meet the Neighbours’ green space tour and morning tea while Compassionate Ballarat will invite new communities to share a cuppa together.

The City of Ballarat and the Department of Justice and Community Safety awarded the groups one of two $500 grants to help celebrate Neighbour Day.

Neighbour Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in March each year and helps build better relationships with the people who live around us. Social connections with neighbours can make us feel better and helps prevent loneliness and isolation.

The grants are designed to assist not-for-profit community groups and organisations to hold a community-based activity that reflects the aim of Neighbour Day.

Food is Free is inviting the community to join the group for a stroll around its garden, located on the corner of Ripon and Urquhart Streets, and a cuppa and chat from 10.30am-12pm.

Compassionate Ballarat is embarking on a letterbox drop of cards with tea bags and biscuits to homes in three new Ballarat suburbs. The initiative is designed to help people connect with one another over a cuppa.