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Meetup Albany

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Meetup is all about bringing people together offline and creating genuine connections through shared interests. It can link you to existing local events and even gives you a platform to share your passions and host your own.
Perhaps you’re a keen chess player, hold the secret to the perfectly baked flan or know another language? Why not share your passions and become a Meetup Albany host?
Or maybe you just want to meet new people and have a chat over a simple cup of coffee. Meetup can help with that too!
Volunteer 'hosts' coordinate and manage meetups using the platform.
To check out the Meetup Albany calendar visit Meetup Albany or view our How to Join instructions below.

Neighbour Day

As a ‘Very Neighbourly Organisation’, the City of Albany invites every resident to get to know their neighbours. Neighbour Day falls on the last Sunday of March each year, but can be celebrated at any time.

Neighbour Day aims to encourage people to people to build better relationships with the people who live around them, especially the elderly and the vulnerable.

The theme for 2023 is 'create belonging', a call to action to everyone (individuals, community groups, businesses and governments) to take every day actions that create social connection and foster respectful relationships AND spread the message of belonging! 

Catching up with your neighbours over a cuppa, a BBQ in the local park, a pot-luck supper or even simply taking the opportunity to get to know your neighbours will help ease loneliness, isolation, and depression for you and your neighbours. A neighbour is no longer necessarily defined by location alone and can be someone in your street, or the wider community, your workplace, or online. Neighbours are those in our geographical and selected communities that show they care and perhaps offer a hand when we need it most. 

The City of Albany provides free Neighbour Day resources (subject to availability) or registered events/activities which includes:

  • Cricket Wicket Wheelie Bin Sticker.
  • Use of an activity bag (limited number available).
  • Community Groups and not for profits can apply for $100 towards the costs of their event.
  • Individuals can apply for a $50 voucher towards food for their event.

Unfortunately, we have exhausted this year's allocation, however Relationships Australia also has a range of free resources to help plan your day on their Neighbour Day website

While we encourage events to be held on Neighbour Day, neighbour day events can be held at any time.

We recommend those planning a neighbour day event, check the current restrictions in relation to COVIDbe registered at any to ensure they are complying with any directives to keep those attending safe. 

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