September 28 is a day very close to our hearts indeed – and that is National Good Neighbour Day.
We all need good neighbours. They watch out for one other, give help when we are in need, look after our pets and children or collect our mail when we are away… the list goes on. In short, they keep neighbourhoods safe and thriving, and if we wish, they are a shoulder to lean on.
Yet just as much as we need good neighbours, it is important to BE a good neighbour too. Not only does OurHood help you connect with your neighbours, but it makes being a good neighbour easy.
What is OurHood: a quick recap
Ourhood is a free local social network designed to bring neighbours together to create stronger, safer and more inclusive communities. Available on desktop, mobile browsers and both Android and iOS Apps, it provides neighbours with an easy way to share information on crime and safety, recommendations and tradesmen referrals, lost pets, local services and general news. Unlike other social messaging apps, your cell number remains anonymous and you are given the choice to opt in and out of groups. And what’s important, all members are verified neighbours.
One of the main purposes of OurHood is to create thriving communities. OurHood helps you to build and maintain trusted relationships with your neighbours by providing you with a private and secure platform designed for you and your community. Too often, we nod hello to our neighbours but rarely say more. So here are just a few tips on how we can all be a good neighbour.
How to be a Good Neighbour:
Get to know your neighbours: next time you see a neighbour, old or new, make sure to introduce yourself. Try to remember the names of those who live around you. Knowing your neighbours will help to create a happier and safer neighbourhood, and you’ll find it is good to know who your neighbours are when it comes to an emergency.
Be mindful: one of the number one rules for being a good neighbour is not to be too noisy. Try keep noise down after 10pm on weeknights, and if you are having an event or part, make sure to notify your neighbours. An easy way to do this is using your OurHood chat.
Respect privacy and boundaries: just because you now know your neighbours name, it doesn’t mean you are now best friends. Treat them as you would treat all new friends.
Use your platform appropriately: When it comes to your neighbourhood chat group/ newsfeed, keep conversational topics appropriate to those on the group. Never be nosy, and if you want to chat about something personal, do so over private message.
Lend a helping hand: watch out for your neighbours. If you notice that someone is struggling and needs a hand, whether that be carrying groceries or in terms of a crisis, offer your help. When they are away, offer to collect their groceries and keep them up to date with any criminal activity via your OurHood chat.
Keep your neighbourhood clean: beyond your front foot and garden, help to keep your neighbourhood clean. See here (https://blog.ourhood.co.za/world-clean-up-day/) for tips on how to organise a neighbourhood clean up.
History of Good Neighbour Day:
In 1971, Becky Mattson from Montana came up with the idea of a national holiday to recognise good neighbours. Then in 1978, U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced the creation of a national day:
“As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
So let’s all strive to be good neighbours – not only for tomorrow, but for every day after that too.
Know of a good neighbour? Share a picture or video using the hashtag #OurHoodStar and tag @ourhood so that we can share your story… and did we mention there’s a R250 voucher involved too?
The OurHood Team 🙂
Connecting Neighbours and Strengthening Communities.
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